Southern Hampshire: Patient population: 220,000
Multispecialty Community Providers – moving specialist care out of hospitals into the community
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is working in partnership with 16 local NHS, local government and voluntary sector organisations to develop their Vanguard Multispecialty Community Provider across Southern Hampshire.
The Multispecialty Community Provider aims to improve the health, well-being and independence of people living in Southern Hampshire by delivering higher quality, more accessible and more sustainable out-of-hospital care.
It serves a population of nearly one million, with the initial focus on launching three rapid implementer local sites covering South West New Forest, Gosport and East Hampshire.
These sites include 27 GP practices with a combined population of 220,000 and cover a rural area with an aging demographic (South West New Forest), an urban population with high levels of deprivation significant pressure on local GPs (Gosport) and an aging population in a semi-rural area with difficult transport links (East Hampshire).
The Multispecialty Community Provider will support people to take a more active role in managing their own care and offer access to improved care when needed. For example, in the case of an older patient leaving hospital after an episode of pneumonia, the GP practice would focus on developing a care plan to support the individual to stay at home and maintain their independence as they continue to manage any other long-term conditions such as diabetes.
They would have regular check-up appointments at their local practice or hospital and be able to access urgent appointments at their practice when they need them. Their integrated care record will mean that they will not have to remember and repeat their medical history and that staff will understand their needs wherever they go for help.