October 2014 (HSJ)
A recent frontline project has broken new ground in reducing accident and emergency admissions using integrated care to create efficient pathways for care, writes Claire Perry
With the party conference season already confirming that the NHS, and integrated care in particular, is set to play centre stage at the 2015 election, there is timely evidence from Wandsworth that suggests that an integrated care approach can ease pressure on accident and emergency departments.
'The project has taken 30 patients out of A&E every weekday'
The project, which is part of a three year transformation initiative by Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group and Wandsworth Borough Council, has shown that its innovative approach is taking 30 patients out of A&E every weekday and 35-40 on weekends.
Patrick Nichols, Consulting Manager at GE Healthcare Partners and member of the Integrating Care team that has been supporting this work in Wandsworth, noted: "This is a journey of developing understanding of what really works for Doris. We take a step and then measure what really matters to Doris so each successive step will be better placed."