31 July 2015 - Healthier Radcliffe

Healthier RadcliffeSecretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, MP recently visited Radcliffe Primary Care Centre to meet the staff involved in the ‘Healthier Radcliffe Project’.  The project was established in 2013 following a bid for funding by six GP practices in line with the Primary Care Commissioning Strategy for Greater Manchester. The pilot proved so successful it was extended to all 33 GP practices in the borough, covering 195,000 patients. This was thanks to £2.7million funding secured by Bury GP Federation from the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund.

The service revolves around accessible and integrated health and social care which is at the core of current National Health policy aims. Amongst the Healthier Radcliffe team, Paramedics, Hayley Atkins and Jill Fairhurst and Advanced Paramedic, Andrea Brown from the Bury Group play an instrumental part in the success of the scheme. As well as responding to 999 calls across Radcliffe, they support multi-disciplinary team work aimed at improving patient outcomes and quality of life. Individual care plan development, frequent caller support, social care support, health education are all part of the Paramedic’s day to day work alongside the 999 responses. The network built up by Hayley and Jill across Radcliffe has played a huge part in supporting their work, which includes an impressive 60% A&E avoidance rate for calls attended.

Patient feedback also underlines the value of the Paramedics within the scheme with comments such as “Excellent, could not wish for  better help and treatment, five star treatment” and  “Excellent, efficient and very helpful, brilliant!”

Mike Hynes, Sector Manager for North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), said: “The success of the scheme and the roll out across the borough means we can continue to make it easier for local people to access appropriate health and social care that suits their needs at the time. The reduction in A&E attendance and excellent feedback received from patients and other Health Care professionals is testament to the work ethic of those involved.”