Canvey health and care team scoop ‘Partnership Award’

Canvey Integrated Neighbourhood Team, which brings together health and social care professionals from different specialities into a single client-focused team has won a ‘Partnership Working’ Award at the Essex County Council’s ‘You Make the Difference’ Awards.

The team is a successful example of collaboration across social care, community health, mental health, primary care, third sector partners, private sector care homes, fire, police and hospitals.

Ian Stidston, Accountable Officer for Southend and Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “This is a fantastic achievement recognising the work of members to design and successfully deliver true integrated care.  Members of the team, who may all have been looking after the same person individually, can now discuss individuals’ holistic needs – and better co-ordinate the care that is received.”

Karen Bayliss, Care Coordination team leader at Essex Partnership University NHS Trust said: “‘I have a passion for how integrated services can make a real difference to people’s lives, so I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of. We needed to create the links between health, social care and the voluntary sector to ensure people weren’t falling through the gaps. The integrated neighbourhood team is filling those gaps.

We’re creating those professional relationships that are allowing individuals on Canvey to lead more fulfilling lives and getting access to the services they need quicker than before. We recognise that we can’t do this on our own so by coming together we are building a successful neighbourhood way of working to improve outcomes for individuals’.

The local partners committed to transforming and integrating care include Essex County Council, Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group, Southend Borough Council, Southend Clinical Commissioning Group, Essex Partnership University NHS Trust (EPUT – formerly known as SEPT), Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS), Essex Cares Ltd and Southend University NHS Foundation Trust.

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