Pendle care homes lead national initiative

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Fifteen care and nursing homes in Pendle will be part of a team which has been selected to take a national lead on transforming care for patients.

The team comprises partners from the NHS, local authorities, care homes, technology and academia – including East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Chosen from 269 groups of nurses, doctors and other health and social care staff from across the country who put forward their ideas for how they want to redesign care in their areas, the local partnership has been named as one of the first 29 vanguard areas that have won a share of a £200m transformation fund.

The scheme will use technology to integrate services and provide immediate access to expert opinion and diagnosis, where appropriate, as well as supporting individual independence and improving the quality of life of residents by focusing on proactive rather than responsive care and delivering more specialist services into the care home.

Mark Youlton, Chief Finance Officer for East Lancashire CCG, said patients would benefit from the innovation proposed.

“People will have an individual, person-centred care plan, which all the organisations involved will work together to deliver. The use of technology will support our plans to deliver care closer to home and we believe that this type of approach should become a normal part of the care we offer to patients, improving care for them and helping carers and families as well.”