NHS High Weald Lewes Havens CCG is working with partner organisations from health, social care, housing and community services, as well as with local people to improve the delivery of health, care and support services and to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.
We are initially building a Community of Practice (CoP) for the Havens which means that we want local partner organisations to work together to plan, design and deliver more integrated services that better meet local needs.
The partners involved in this work comprise the four local GP practices, Sussex Community Foundation NHS Trust, Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust (SCFT) , Health in Mind, Adult Social Care, the Joint Community Rehabilitation Service, Age UK, SCDA, Care for the Carers, Health and Social Care Connect, and Integrated Housing Solutions, to name a few.
The Havens CoP will build upon work previously progressed as part of the ‘Healthy Havens’ project a few years ago. This project introduced a range of new local services that provide a solid foundation for future developments. These are described on the subsequent page.
The Havens CoP will also benefit from the fact that Multi-Agency Team meetings have been established at all four local GP practices. These meetings bring together a range of local partners including the voluntary sector to jointly review the care and support needs of patients who are identified as most at risk of decline and in need of support.
The Havens Community of Practice was launched at an event in Newhaven on 6 December 2017, and a steering group of partners will take responsibility from January 2018 for agreeing and implementing actions to improve local services.
Initially, in line with CCG priorities, the group will focus on improving the delivery of services for frail people and for improving services that avoid unnecessary hospital care, but over time the steering group will identify and respond to their own priorities based on analysis of local needs.
Following on from the initial work in the Havens we will look to develop Communities of Practice in Lewes (building on existing plans for development of a primary care home), Uckfield and Crowborough.