April 24, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.115

Care News

A Polyclinic is where patients can see a range of specialists under one roof e.g. gp�s, gynaecologists, ear, nose and throat specialists, urologists, dentists, opticians, etc.

The idea, which is common for example in Germany, is now seriously being consider by the government as the place where diabetes treatment and minor surgery and other tests can be carried out leaving the hospitals to concentrate on more serious and complicated care.

It is the intention to set up 150 polyclinics, which will run from 8.00am � 8.00pm, seven days a week.

The Conservative party has estimated that approx 1700, a fifth of all GP surgeries, would be under threat from the polyclinics.

Currently there are 8,261 GP Practices in England of which 1,546 are in London.

The Assessment Procedures used throughout the country to assess if people can receive support, differs from area to area.

The support is assessed and offered, but in the main the views of people eligible to receive support are not asked on the criteria that determines as to whether they can receive help.

As a result, there are many people who feel that their need has not been recognised because of the set up of the assessment procedure. CSCI wishes to review and listen to peoples views re the assessment procedures that are currently in place at the moment. The results of their survey will be fed back to government.

They have a website at: http://www.csci.org.uk/about_us/news/review_of_eligibility_criteria.aspx for you to put your point of view. The closing date is 9th May and the survey at this website will take about 15 minutes to complete.

Many organisations, such as the Parkinson�s Disease Society are urging their members and their families to complete the survey.

A two year pilot project undertaken by the University of the West of England and the University of Warwick have found that bringing a community nursing and physiotherapy team into residential care homes for older people improves their quality of life, reduces hospital admissions and can save approx. �37.00 per week*

* reduced hospital admissions, delayed transfers to nursing homes.
(Source: Scils)

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Kent and Wales.

Team meetings and client reviews have taken place in Nottinghamshire and Buckinghamshire.

A meeting has been held with Social Services in South Wales.

Care Manager Nick Turrell has attended a course on Safeguarding Adults.

Potential, carer interviews were held in Harrogate and Norwich.

A new client post has commenced in Bedfordshire. A lady suffering with MS. Salary �652.00pw inc. Care Manager Sam Clarke. 01603 281918

Interesting Information

Developing countries account for more than 90 per cent of global TB cases, and worldwide the disease kills on average one person every 18 seconds. There are about 7,000 new cases in the UK each year.

Jargon is alive and well in social care! To help you through the maze, each week we will give you the interpretations of two of these fashionable abbreviations.
  1. ULO�s = User led organizations
  2. POPPS = Partnerships for Older People Projects
Source: DOH)Question asked of Able Community Care in April 2008
"Please can you tell me who is eligible to use the Hospital Car Service and is it free?"

Answer : Throughout the country there may be local variations as to eligibility but generally speaking the following criteria will apply:The cars should have their charges displayed in the vehicle which you must pay if you have ordered it from a Patient Transport Enquiry Line (if you have not been given the number the hospital you are visiting will give the number to you if you call the switchboard). Booking requests should normally be made at least 48 hours before you need to attend the appointment.

Further details, such as information if you have to cancel the car, etc. will be given to you at the time of booking.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.