(Lt to rt) Dr Mark Saville, Dr Emma Nash and Dr Tom Bertram
A major new drive is under way to improve health and social care in Fareham.
More than 50 people met today (Tue May 17) to take the first steps to providing better local care in their community. They included around ten GPs, other clinicians, patient groups, practice managers, representatives from local authorities and social care, the voluntary and community sector and mental health.
The move follows similar MCP initiatives in parts of Hampshire, including Lymington, east Hampshire and Gosport – where activity has included setting up a same-day access service for patients.
Representatives who attended today’s launch were told that healthcare provision needed to change to ensure its long-term sustainability and provide improved services.
At workshop sessions, they shared ideas and knowledge during what was a first phase to “innovate and shape local services for our patients.”
MCP General Manager for Fareham Nicky Adamson-Young said: “This is the first step to connect partners together to agree the priorities that we wish to focus on in Fareham. “It was a fantastic start to exploring new models of care, to look at some of the issues, including what works well and the existing challenges and barriers.
“Over the next six months, two working groups will be set up to look at the agreed priorities – one of which, with Fareham’s expanding elderly population, will include care for the frail. The other will have a wider and more mixed portfolio. We will all meet up again later this year to review the progress and share learning - with each other and a wider audience. “This is a hugely exciting opportunity for us to make a significant difference to health services in Fareham and provide patients with the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”
Three Fareham area GPs have already been recruited as clinical leads for the project – doctors Emma Nash (Westlands practice, Portchester), Tom Bertram (Jubilee Practice, Titchfield) and Mark Saville (Whiteley).