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Patients to benefit from pilot project

Patients to benefit from pilot project

Published at 2:12pm 28th February 2016. (Updated at 10:56am 29th February 2016)

A new scheme has been launched to improve health and social care services in Boroughbridge, Knaresborough and Green Hammerton.

The 'What Matters to Us' pilot project, which started at the beginning of February, will test out new care models ready to go live across the rest of the Harrogate District in the summer.

A team of community and mental health nurses, social workers, pharmacists, physiotherapists and care support workers are working alongside GPs.

There will also be a very close link with voluntary services within each area, helping each patient to benefit from care and support when they need it.

Dr Bruce Willoughby, GP and clinical lead for 'What Matters to Us', said: "We firmly believe that people should have access to the right care as close to home as possible to keep them healthy, well and independent and only go to hospital if they really need to.

"This means changing the way we deliver services so that local people get the right care in the right place, first time, and experience the health and care services they deserve.

"We have listened to what local people have said through the consultation held in May last year and responded to those needs. We will continue to listen to make sure that the services we provide fit the needs of the community."

Gail Cooper, District Nurse and Team Leader for 'What Matters to Us' in Knaresborough and Boroughbridge, added: "We are all very excited about this new pilot service. By having the team working together as one, in the same location and closer to the community, it will make the care more joined up and responsive to the patient.

"Having close contact with GPs will also help us better understand patients' individual needs, helping them stay healthier and in their own community as long as possible."

The programme is led by NHS Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group, along with Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Yorkshire Health Network and Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service.