The redesign of health and social care in Trafford gets underway
Doctors, nurses, social care professionals, patients and
health managers came together last week to start the process of
redesigning health and social care services in Trafford.
More than 40 participants, from a wide variety of clinical
areas from across the borough, shared their views on how to address
the pressures facing local services, over two dedicated clinical
This redesign work to create a new health deal for
Trafford is essential to secure local health and social care
services for the future.
As Dr Nigel Guest, a Trafford GP and the chair of
Trafford's emerging clinical commissioning group, commented: "The
challenges we face in Trafford are considerable, with significant
health inequalities and a hospital service that is currently
unaffordable. If we are to develop effective plans for better
ways to do things in the future, we need to ensure that we take
full account of the views of doctors, nurses and other clinical
The redesign work is being led by an overarching three
point vision to provide:
- Right care, right time, right place - So
services are closer to patients, joined up and easier to
- Cost effective services - So services are
financially sound for the next 60 years of the NHS
- Highest standards of care - So patients
receive the best quality and experience with their care
The vision aims to ensure that there continues to be a
range of safe and sustainable hospital services in Trafford, to
develop integrated pathways of care to enable more people to be
treated closer to home, and to improve quality and ultimately
outcomes for patients.
"The positive joint working between all of the key partner
organisations in Trafford is extremely encouraging", said Dr George
Kissen, a Trafford GP and medical director at NHS Trafford.
"The senior clinical staff involved in the planning days come from
a variety of different services and specialties, and they have now
undertaken some very productive work on discussing the future of
health service provision in Trafford. They have looked at all
the key issues and have started to consider how these can be
addressed to ensure we can continue to provide high quality,
accessible and sustainable services for the population of Trafford
in the longer term. Maintaining this co-operative and
collaborative working will be essential to developing and
implementing effective plans for the future."
These clinical discussions follow a series of listening
events that took place with members of the public is areas across
Trafford to find out about what their ideal patient experience
would look like, and also to gather their priorities for how the
services should be arranged in the future.
Ann Day, chair of Trafford Local Involvement Network
(LINk), who attended the clinical events and many of the public
events, added: "The listening events that have taken place with
clinicians, NHS managers, patients and the public, and other
important stakeholders are just the start of an ongoing process to
continually talk to Trafford residents about the potential service
models being designed by clinicians."
There will be many opportunities for people to get
involved in shaping the new health deal in Trafford, such as by
attending events, focus groups and local meetings, responding to
surveys or simply by getting in touch.
Join the conversation by visiting the dedicated website www.healthdeal.trafford.nhs.uk,
following the twitter feed @newhealthdeal, or liking the facebook