Health services in North Norfolk and rural Broadland are being reshaped to keep services local while the NHS faces up to major financial challenges.
This is the message that will be given at North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) governing body meeting on 22 March.
The CCG is facing a £9.2m budget shortfall by the end of this financial year, and the meeting will be told that next year will be just as challenging as the NHS must deliver savings of around £22 billion nationwide by 2020/21.
But plans are being drawn up to ensure people in North Norfolk and rural Broadland continue to receive high quality, locally-based care in a way that makes best use of the NHS budget.
After reviewing all the services it commissions, the CCG is on course to make around £8 million of efficiencies in the current financial year.
Although it will receive around three per cent more funding this year, a combination of rising costs and the need to reduce last year’s deficit means the CCG would face a further budget shortfall of between £9 and £11 million if no action was taken to reduce this.
To meet this challenge, the CCG is looking at ways to be more efficient while reviewing and reshaping services to meet the needs of local people. Some of the key themes include:
- creating a primary care based IV therapy service that will work in places such as GP practices and clinics
- bringing a new physiotherapy service into GP practices and other primary care locations
- looking at inpatient units across the area to see how these are being used
- working with service providers to bring more healthcare services safely into the community and reduce unnecessary admissions to hospital.
Services will be arranged around four groups, or ‘clusters’, of GP practices. The teams will offer a range of nursing and therapy, dementia care, social care assessment and case management, reablement and rapid response services – providing locally-accessible care for people living in more isolated communities away from the many services in Norwich.
The CCG aims to reduce the number of patients admitted to Norfolk’s main acute hospitals, easing pressure on ambulance crews and busy A&E departments, and making the best possible use of NHS resources. It also seeks to ensure patients who are clinically fit to leave hospital can be discharged promptly, allowing them to continue their recovery at home with the appropriate level of support.
Dr Anoop Dhesi, Stalham GP and Chairman of North Norfolk CCG, said: “The CCG wants to bring primary care together with other community-based services, so patients can get more of the care they need without having to go to hospital.
“By providing care in this way, we will not only be helping people avoid needing to go to hospital – taking pressure off the local ambulance service and A&E – we can get those who are admitted discharged sooner, as they will be able to get the follow-up they need closer to home.”
The meeting on March 22nd will take place at the ACT Centre in Aylsham, starting at 2pm. More details are available here.