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More national funding for new model of care in Rushcliffe

Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with Principia Partners in Health has received a further allocation of £3.530m for its part in a national NHS programme to implement new models of providing health and care.

A first allocation of £3.791m for the financial year 2015-16 was announced in December 2015. Vanguard funding comes from a national NHS transformation fund of £200 million to support transformational change.

Rushcliffe was announced as a vanguard site in March 2015 following its proposal to establish a Multi-specialty Community Provider (MCP) model of care. This new model focuses on prevention, proactive and integrated care as well as moving some traditional hospital services out into community settings, closer to home such as long-term conditions management, diagnostics and outpatient clinics.

The Principia MCP in Rushcliffe is one of 50 ‘vanguards’ for the national new care models programme which will deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View – the vision for the future of the NHS. Vanguard sites across the country are leading the development new care models that will act as the blueprint for the future of the health and care system in England.

As well as the financial allocation, vanguards also receive a package of practical support from NHS England to transform services at scale and pace.

Dr Stephen Shortt, GP at East Leake and Clinical Lead for the Principia MCP, said: “This significant national investment will directly benefit patients in Rushcliffe and mean we can further integrate services to improve quality and patient experience. We have already started to see a positive impact locally, with services like treatment for osteoporosis and trauma and orthopaedic clinics now being offered from community health centres rather than at the hospital.

“Local GPs are at the forefront of these changes, driving local innovation through PartnersHealth, a working partnership of all 12 Rushcliffe GP practices.”

Added Vicky Bailey, Chief Officer at NHS Rushcliffe CCG: “We know that access to GP and community services are incredibly important to people. We’ve already done some fantastic work around extending GP opening hours and improving the services provided to care home residents. This additional allocation will ensure that we are able to build on our early successes.”

For more information on the Principia MCP Vanguard programme in Rushcliffe go to www.rushcliffeccg.nhs.uk or follow us on twitter: @PrincipiaMCP