Integrated Community Teams (ICTs) already operate across Gloucestershire to support the need for urgent health and social care in the community. Now, a £3.9m investment by the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (GCCG) means 35 staff are being recruited to these teams to support more people with long term health conditions.
The work of ICTs reduces the strain on emergency departments and admissions to hospitals by offering care and support at home, or as close to home as possible and include staff such as reablement, social workers , nurses and occupational therapists. These multi skilled teams work closely with GPs, families, carers and other local organisations to support older people in remaining healthy and independent for as long as possible.
“We are committed to supporting the work being done with the integration of health and social care across the county and to having an even greater focus on people’s individual needs,” said Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for older people at Gloucestershire County Council. “This investment will build on the existing integrated community teams and offer greater choice for people so that they can be supported safely in their own homes.”
Susan Field is the director of adult services at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust: “Strengthening our community teams with these new appointments allows the Trust to offer people around the clock community support whether for urgent or routine care and ultimately offer the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”
“They support people in community-based rehabilitation and help them to recover best at home while reducing unnecessary hospital admissions and lengthy stays in hospital.”
Andrew Hughes, locality implementation manager at GCCG said: “Our community teams put patients first by offering expertise and support in health and social care and work closely with GPs and community hospitals to make sure that people have access to a wider network of care.”
Integrated community teams (ICTs) provide NHS and county council funded social care support through a single health service provided by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust. Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust has been commissioned by GCCG and Gloucestershire County Council to provide a seamless health and social care service from January 2014 which will fulfil increased demand from a growing, ageing population.