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Pennine Care Progress - December/January 2015

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Reducing hospital admissions for frail older
people in Oldham

Pennine Care is working with a range of partners in Oldham to deliver a new scheme to reduce A&E admissions and re-admissions for frail older people and reduce the amount of time they spend in hospital.

The Senior Persons' Resilience and Independence Team (SPRINT) is being delivered at The Royal Oldham Hospital and is made up of community and mental health staff, acute physicians trained in geriatric medicine, nursing staff, healthcare assistants therapists and social care workers.

There are 12 beds and patients are located together so staff can have a focused multi-disciplinary approach to their assessment and management. The SPRINT team will work closely with the A&E department at the hospital to provide early assessment and to prevent unnecessary admissions, where there are options for community-based care.

The service was launched because there is a strong link between frailty, A&E attendance and admission to hospital. Older people tend to stay in hospital for longer and require more complex care.

Frail people also have an increased chance of being re-admitted and stay in hospital longer which can lead to muscle deconditioning, an increase in falls in hospitals, delirium and worsening of dementia.

HMR Paediatric Nurse Practitioner clinics supporting winter pressures

The Children's Community Nursing Team in HMR is providing support to relieve winter pressures by delivering Paediatric Nurse Practitioner Clinics up until March 2016.

The nurse practitioners are equipped with enhanced skills enabling them to assess, diagnose and treat any child with an acute condition. They are also able to prescribe medication if required.

The project has been agreed with HMR CCG and is available to all GP practices in the borough.

The clinics are for children and young people aged from birth to 16 years for a range of conditions including exacerbation of asthma, coughs and colds, sore throats, high temperature, ear ache, rashes, vomiting, loose stools, abdominal pain and being generally unwell.

For more information please phone 01706 676 333.

Bury community tender success

Bury Clinical Commissioning Group has selected Pennine Care to be the preferred provider of community wound care, non-AQP podiatry and lymphoedema, following a competitive tender.

The Trust currently provides the wound care and podiatry elements but the lymphoedema service is a new addition to the Trust's portfolio.

The new contract will commence on 1 March 2016 and shall run through to February 2019. Further details about what the new service offers will be shared over the coming weeks.

New support scheme for children with ADHD
and autism

Bury CAMHS is set to pilot a scheme that will support young people diagnosed with ASC (Autistic Spectrum Condition) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder), as commissioned by Bury CCG.

Bury CAMHS has used the funding to commission Bury Parents' Forum, which has provided training and support to young people with a range of complex conditions for several years. They can now extend this training and support to those diagnosed with autism and ADHD.

Parents and carers will be encouraged to determine the final structure and content of the training, but topics could include understanding and living with the conditions, common behaviours associated with ASC and ADHD, preparation for transition to adult services, access to support in the area, personalised care plans, sleep difficulties and more.

Tailored support will include home visits, signposting to education, health and social care, direct links to specialist support, peer mentoring, support with budgeting and administration issues and much more.

Text campaign launched to help veterans overcome mental health barriers

Pennine Care's Military Veterans' Service has been successful in a tender to run a new support service for veterans across Greater Manchester, commissioned by NHS England.

The scheme will develop various projects to help veterans overcome barriers to accessing mental health services. These will include increased use of peer support, the development of veteran champion roles in services, production of emotional wellbeing resources tailored to veterans' needs, and improved routes into training and employment -  all of which will be developed with the direct input of veterans and the wider armed forces community.

As part of the Overcoming Barriers pilot, ex-service personnel and people interested in veteran health are being encouraged to give their feedback on mental health services through a text message scheme, with a view to making improvements and increasing uptake. People can take part by texting 'in' to 60013. They will then be sent two initial messages to respond to. Over the period of the pilot those who have opted in will receive a number of contacts asking for feedback on what barriers veterans may face in accessing mental health services and how these could be overcome.

Pennine Care is working in partnership with Inspiration NW, Veterans In Communities and Walking With the Wounded as part of the project.

New courses added to My Health My Community

A second programme of free self-management courses have been launched for people who live in the boroughs of Bury and Rochdale, through the My Health My Community programme.

The health and wellbeing-focused courses have been developed by Pennine Care, in partnership with service users, carers and professionals. The University of Manchester has overseen the content to ensure it is fit for purpose and of a high academic standard.

Topics include wound care, pressure ulcers and the skin, washing and dressing with dementia, mindfulness, overcoming low mood, worrying and unhappy thoughts and coping with loss and change.

To find out more email mhmc.penninecare@nhs.net or view the prospectus online