This bulletin has been developed to provide GPs, CCGs and partners in the north east sector with a monthly update on key service developments from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

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Pennine Care Progress - March/April 2015

Michael McCourt joins Devolution Manchester programme Board

Michael McCourt, Chief Executive of Pennine Care, has joined the Devolution Manchester programme board to represent community and mental health services.

Integrated care in Greater Manchester will focus more on preventative work in the community – putting services in place to keep people well and as independent as possible. Focusing on community services that bring health and social care closer to home will also help in the long-term to ease pressure on hospitals. There will also be greater parity of esteem for mental health.

Nursing and Healthcare Professionals Council formed

Since the launch of the Trust's 'Compassionate Care for Everyone' strategy in November 2014, work has been underway to establish a Nursing and Healthcare Professionals Council and supporting networks. This will strengthen the clinical voice from the frontline to the Board.

The Council is supported by clinically-led professional forums, made up of nominees from each profession within the Trust. It means that every profession has a structured approach towards meeting, sharing good practice and supporting the delivery of the key work streams identified within the overall strategy.

My Health My Community launch event

Pennine Care is officially launching the My Health My Community programme on 29 May 2015. It supports people with long-term conditions to look after their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

There are a number of under the My Health My Community umbrella, including:

  • Community courses are offered on a whole range of topics including self-care, mental wellbeing, specific conditions and skills for carers
  • The My Health My Community website will contain a range of educational modules, personal trackers, health tools, community resources and information.
  • The innovative Sugar3 website and app for children with type 1 diabetes is due to launch this month and has already been shortlisted for a Nursing Standard Excellence Award
  • A children’s asthma app is also in the early stages of development

Find out more about these developments and how they can help patients in Bury, Oldham and Rochdale by attending the event on 29 May 2015 - call in anytime from 10am to 4pm at Talking Point Conference and Exhibition Centre, Huddersfield Road, Scouthead, Oldham, OL4 4AG.

Email to confirm your attendance.

Bury care homes complete six steps programme

Staff from five Bury care homes have successfully completed the Six Steps Programme, an education package that aims to support care home staff to give the best of care for older people in the last 12 months of their life.

The training enables residents to be cared for by people they know rather than having to be admitted to hospital. It is based around six steps that cover a range of important issues, including making sure the wishes of the person and their loved ones are known; planning and delivering co-ordinated care that meets the person’s needs; and offering support to the family after the person has died.

The programme aims to support care home staff to be more confident and empowered to ensure appropriate care is provided. This reduces the risk of people having to be inappropriately admitted to hospital at end of life.

HMR Healthy Minds campaign success

In October 2014, IAPT services provided by Pennine Care were rebranded to Healthy Minds to help increase self-referrals and hit commissioned prevalence targets.

HMR CCG provided additional funding to support a larger local campaign. In the six months since the service was renamed and marketed, referrals have increased by 24 per cent on average. This equates to approximately 134 more people being referred to the Healthy Minds service every month for information or support for issues such as low mood, anxiety, stress or trouble sleeping.

GPs and health and social care professionals should encourage potential service users to self-refer via

HMR health visiting and school nursing teams now integrated

Health visiting and school nursing teams provided by Pennine Care have joined together to form five locality-based teams, aligned to the four local authority clusters – Rochdale East, Rochdale West, Pennine, Heywood and Middleton.

This new approach will ensure families benefit from more joined up care and a reduced need to share the same information with a range of professionals. It will also ensure better use of health professionals’ time, meaning they can offer families more one-to-one support.

The new integrated teams are also working more closely with early years, education and social care colleagues from the council to ensure that future services are fully wrapped around the child and family.

Working in a specific locality will enable the teams to gather in-depth knowledge about the key needs of families in their area and offer a more tailored approach to the care they provide.

HMR neuromuscular team supports hospital avoidance

The Neuromuscular Care Team was established in April 2014 and provides community-based care, treatment and support for neuromuscular conditions to people of all ages.

Patients with these conditions require complex packages of care in order to ensure their needs are met within the community. Out of 10 patients with a history of repeated admissions, the service helped 7 to avoid hospital completely.

The team recently provided care for a young person with a deteriorating lung condition related to her neuromuscular disease. She had previously had several emergency admissions for chest infections and pneumonia, with an average length of stay of 10 days.

The team coordinated the patient's care at home, including IV antibiotics, and the patient has now recovered from her illness and is improving.

Children and young people must be referred by their hospital consultant, GP, health or social care professional. Adults can self-refer by calling 01706 837067.

Pennine Care and Age UK PIP workers in Oldham

As part of an enhanced community services offer, Pennine Care has funded Age UK Oldham to establish new posts to support older people.

Older people will be referred by GPs or health and care professionals to the PIP (Promoting Independence in People) workers if they are at risk of being isolated or anxious about their health issues and need extra support to regain confidence and live life to the full.

The PIP advisors will work with individuals to get an understanding of their needs and make a tailored plan that will help them maintain and manage their health conditions, gain independence and increase their social interaction and wellbeing.