A unique project is underway in Renfrewshire which sees the whole NHS and Social Care community working as one to test more effective ways to deliver patients care in hospitals and community settings.
Across NHSGGC, our teams are working constantly developing new ways of working. However the idea behind the Renfrewshire Development Programme (RDP) is to bring a number of these schemes together in the same area, at the same time, to test their collective impact.
The outcome of the RDP will influence the way health and social care is provided in future – not just for Renfrewshire, but for the whole of NHSGGC.
The fundamental principle of the project is the creation of better joined up links between hospital and community services and ensuring that senior decision makers and specialists are available early in any patient’s interaction with health and social care services. By achieving this we believe that we can ensure that the right packages of care for our patients in the right place with the aim of improving their outcomes.
The RDP is a partnership between clinicians and staff at the RAH, Renfrewshire GP practices, Community Health services, Renfrewshire Council Social Work Services and the third sector.
Local doctors are leading the project along with managers and front line staff to test and develop ways to improve provision and accessibility of community health and social care services, ensure that only people who need to go to A&E do so, prevent unnecessary hospitals admissions, reduce the time patients actually spend in hospital and support people to stay at home or in a homely setting for as long as possible.
The RDP has put in place four key developments and their collective impact is currently being tested.
Three of the developments are based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH):-
The fourth development Anticipatory Care is community based and sees all 13 GP practices in Paisley anticipating future healthcare needs of their patients and putting proactive plans in place for them at an early stage.
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