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Our new model of care

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What is our new model of care?

A care model is a carefully planned approach to improving patients’ health. We believe our new care model would address the needs local people told us about by making sure they get the right care in the right place. This would help secure our local health system’s future.

Our proposed model of care is designed for all adults (aged over 18) but is particularly focused on supporting people with high clinical needs who are most at risk of being admitted to hospital such as adults with several long-term conditions.

It is a new approach to community-based care that improves patients’ outcomes and gives them access to the care they need nearer to home; no more long and unnecessary hospital stays. By investing in community-based care, we would be able to reduce the number of rehabilitation beds we need because we know that many people are being kept in hospital longer than necessary. We have carefully modelled the number of beds we would need with our new care model to ensure that we have the right number to allow for times when we need more or less beds. You can read more about how we looked at rehabilitation beds in Spotlight on Modelling Rehabilitation Beds.

We have six options for how rehabilitation beds could be provided. One of these would utilise care home beds. But we would only use those that we know are safe, high quality and meet strict standards. You can read more about our focus on quality in our Spotlight on Quality Inspection.

Our new approach addresses some of the challenges we face with some of our consultant-led outpatients clinics too.

You can read more in our consultation document or watch our video below where Dr Lorna Clarson, Clinical Director for Partnerships and Engagement for North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs explains the new model of care in more detail.


How could the future look?

We believe that our new model of care would provide safer, with high quality sustainable services wrapped around the needs of patients. People needing support to get back to their normal routine after illness would benefit from services that are integrated and by being delivered closer to home, they would have a more accessible, more seamless and joined-up service that helps them to remain as independent as possible.

We have developed Case Studies to show how this could look in the future.