NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) serves a population of 213,000 people, almost 17,000 of whom are currently living with a long-term condition (LTC). As with many regions of the UK, Calderdale has an ageing population and by 2018 it is estimated that 18% of the population will be aged 65 or above. Calderdale also has a higher rate of older people living in care homes compared to other regions across England, expected to rise from 982 in 2012 to 1,205 by 2020.
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This ageing population and the increasing number of people with LTCs is likely to have a considerable impact on health and social care services. In anticipation of these increasing demands on resources, NHS Calderdale CCG developed a commissioning plan for 2012/13 with a clear objective to establish a more consistent and sustainable model of care for older and vulnerable individuals in Calderdale; a truly person-centred approach which would best meet the needs of people with long-term health and care needs, and help to make efficient use of NHS resources.
The Quest for Quality in Care Homes pilot was developed, which combined a Multi-Disciplinary Team, real-time access to live clinical records for GPs and Quest for Quality in Care Homes Matrons, and telecare and telehealth systems to improve the quality of care and help to reduce avoidable hospital and GP visits.
How has this new approach helped NHS Calderdale CCG achieve the goals set out in it’s commissioning plan?