A new way of organising health and care across the community has helped people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly receive integrated, person-centred services since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more from the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership.
Dr Stewart Smith, a GP partner at St Austell Healthcare, said: “The ultimate goal of everyone working in health and care is to keep people as well as possible, both physically and in their mental wellbeing, especially during these difficult times where there is unprecedented pressure on the NHS and care teams.
People have been able to avoid unnecessary trips to their surgery and even hospital because of the new arrangements we have put in place with GPs and practice staff working alongside teams who provide care within the community, and the voluntary sector. Where people have been taken into hospital but are well enough to leave, the community coordination centres have been able to make sure that they can return either to their home or close to their home.”
The GP Partnership Review is a review of General Practice across England, with recommendations for the future of Primary Care. St Austell Healthcare features as one of 12 case studies for Innovative General Practice.
The full review can be read at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/gp-partnership-review.
The case studies can be read at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/770913/gp-partnership-review-final-report-case-studies.pdf. St Austell Healthcare is case study number 8.
The report focuses on how St Austell Healthcare uses strong teamwork to provide good quality and sustainable Primary Care. It is a major achievement to be included as an example of good practice in a very important national report, and shows the progress made over the last four years at a time when General Practice is under extreme pressure.