An exciting new project aimed at streamlining health and social care for adults in Barton and Winterton is being launched next week. This new way of delivering services will make sure people who are referred for health and social care will receive the best care possible.
The pioneering approach is a partnership between North Lincolnshire Council, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS North Lincolnshire and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
It brings together services for adults including Adult Social Care, Mental Health, Therapy Services, and District Nursing, working with General Practice so that people have improved choice and control over the support they receive. The aim is to improve the quality of support available through locating therapy, nursing and social work staff together.
Working together will enable the organisations to streamline functions to improve the care given to the public.
The project is being launched in the Barton and Winterton area from Monday 14 May 2012, and the aim is to be able to roll out the scheme across the other parts of North Lincolnshire by the end of July.
From Monday May 14 2012 you will need to contact 01724 296981 to talk to any of services within the locality team. Contacting your GP will not, however, change and you should continue to use the same telephone number. Also mental health services will not change - service users will still need to ring their normal number
Mike Briggs, Director of Adult Social Services at North Lincolnshire Council, said: "This is an exciting opportunity to ensure that health and social care professionals work together to meet the needs of adults in their community. By telling their story only once customers should receive a better local service."
Karen Fanthorpe, General Manager for Community & Therapy Services at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “The aim is that people can be involved in the design of their care so that it works for them, rather than for the convenience of the agency involved.
Dr Margaret Sanderson, chair of the North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “One of our main aims is to ensure where appropriate people can receive high quality care close to home. The integration of health and social care teams is a vital step in ensuring this becomes a reality.”
Jan Smith, assistant director of older people’s mental health services at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have a good track record of working collaboratively and look forward to extending that experience to this new North Lincolnshire project.”
The service will be launched on next Monday with all services operating together with one point of contact. Numbers previously used to contact the services will have a message explaining the new system.
The aim is that the transition to the new system will be smooth so the public can access services from the new number from 9am on Monday morning.
Anyone with any queries in the Barton and Winterton area should contact the number above rather than previous numbers.