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Multi-disciplinary care pilot launched


18 September 2013

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A residential care home pilot will see nurses and pharmacists working with general practice to improve care in one clinical commissioning group’s (CCGs) area. 
Over 15 months a multi-disciplinary team will aim to reduce unscheduled hospital admissions by 20%. 
If the pilot proves a success Cumbria CCG will implement the system permanently in Kendal, and then roll it out across South Lakes. 

A residential care home pilot will see nurses and pharmacists working with general practice to improve care in one clinical commissioning group’s (CCGs) area. 
Over 15 months a multi-disciplinary team will aim to reduce unscheduled hospital admissions by 20%. 
If the pilot proves a success Cumbria CCG will implement the system permanently in Kendal, and then roll it out across South Lakes. 
Dr Paul Atkinson, the GP who has been leading the pilot said” The key to the project is proactive care of those in nursing and residential homes, improving the proportion of older people with a care plan which anticipates health issues and can act to prevent many health concerns developing.” 
NHS Cumbria CCG clinical chair, Dr Hugh Reeve said: “This pilot project is a great example of how we are working toward improving care to respond to the challenged of an ageing population.” 

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