A multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach provides individuals with care and support needs with access to the right care when they need it. The MDT improves the care of residents living with frailty who have complex needs by making full use of the knowledge and skills of team members from multiple disciplines and service providers. The MDT approach also ensures that residents with complex needs have access to expert advice. In Newcastle Gateshead this is achieved by our virtual ward approach where the GPs and nurse specialists have rapid access to Community Geriatricians and an Old Age Psychiatrist for expert advice and complex decision making. The virtual ward works in conjunction with our enhanced primary care service to ensure high quality coordinated care delivery to care home residents.

This is a short film that gives an overview of how the virtual ward MDT in Gateshead works to provide expert advice and coordinated care to care home residents.
A personal story demonstrating how Newcastle Gateshead CCG is working in partnership to deliver enhanced health care to care home residents.