Sustainable change takes time and in Newcastle and Gateshead our care home journey started long before we were part of NHS England’s New Care Models’ Vanguard Programme. In fact, the vanguard years represent only two in a ten year journey. Without doubt however some things wouldn’t have happened as well, or have happened at all if we hadn’t been fortunate enough to have been part of the programme. We wouldn’t have established an excellent clinical engagement forum with representation from 9 organisations and 8 different disciplines. We wouldn’t therefore have been able to quickly grow a common understanding of the need to delve deeply into our data nor link education, commissioning and provision. We definitely wouldn’t have made the recent care improvements we did at the time that we did. That said however we had a good base, we knew the clinical evidence base, understood the needs of the people living in care homes and had some of the right people working in the system. Take a look at our animation film to learn more about our journey and see for yourself how national directives, local intelligence, formal evidence and people all influence what happens to older people living in care homes.
For further information please contact Lesley Bainbridge, Lead Nurse Older People, NGCCG firstname.lastname@example.org