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NHS managers to roll out vanguard across Cornwall

NHS managers to roll out vanguard across Cornwall

Plans to put in place six multispecialty community providers that cover the whole of Cornwall by 2020/21 have been included in proposals to overhaul the NHS in the area
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Plans to put in place six multispecialty community providers that cover the whole of Cornwall by 2020/21 have been included in proposals to overhaul the NHS in the area.

The programme will see the multispecialty community providers (MCPs) look after between 65,000 and 105,000 people each, covering the area’s population of 560,000 patients.

Within the MCPs, 20 groups of practices will operate with registered populations of between 15,000 and 45,000.

According to the document, the ‘clusters’ of practices will offer services that are currently delivered in secondary care, such as mental health services and urgent care.

The plan to integrate care in the community is expected to save £24m by 2020/21.

On a wider scale, STP leaders in Cornwall are working closely with those in Devon to provide specialist services ‘at a scale which is not sustainable by Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly alone’.

This includes sharing Devon’s emergency departments with patients in the east of Cornwall, ‘continuing to utilise Devon’s emergency services as required’.

The Devon plan adds that ‘integrated local planning will also take account of natural cross boundary flows’.

It says: ‘Most significant is the East Cornwall population served by Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. We are working with Kernow CCG to ensure our plans are appropriately aligned.’

A spokesperson from Kernow CCG, part of the sustainability and transformation plan, said that it was not yet clear when the MCPs will become operational as the proposals are yet to be sent out for consultation.

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