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Extra staff to be employed as borough provides joined-up healthcare

PUBLISHED: 16:31 09 November 2016

Bromley organisations sign a memorandum of understanding regarding joined-up care

Bromley organisations sign a memorandum of understanding regarding joined-up care

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A system of integrated care networks is being introduced in Bromley

Extra care staff are to be taken on after the borough’s healthcare organisations signed a formal agreement to provide more joined-up services for patients.

Community geriatricians and care navigators, who will help direct patients to the right place for information and advice, are be employed as integrated care networks replace the existing arrangements.

Meanwhile, new technologies such as shared care records will provide information more quickly so carers are able to improve their decision-making.

Patients will also be supported to take care of their health and avoid illness.

The formal agreement means that hospital, community, GPs, mental health and third sector services will work together more closely to improve outcomes for residents.

Dr Angela Bhan, chief officer of NHS Bromley CCG, said: “We have made really good progress over the last year to design better joined up care for patients and their families.

“We have worked with organisations that deliver care in our community, our hospital services and our patient groups have also helped.

“All our healthcare providers and our third sector are signed up to making integrated care work which puts us in a great position.”

Deputy Medical Director at the Princess Royal University Hospital Dr Paul Donohoe added: “We are very excited about this work and how it will improve the quality of care for our patients.

“There has been a real spirit of collaboration, with the patient at the centre of this work.

“We look forward to working with our partners to make real strides in joined-up care for the benefit of patients in Bromley.”

The borough will be divided into three integrated care networks, with each covering around a third of the population.

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