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The Benefits

Evidence suggests that Care Closer to home is a much better way of providing care to patients because it addresses the sustainability of the local health system, whilst reducing staff pressures and improving the patient experience.  Care Closer to Home over the next couple of years has  been designed to bring about the following  benefits:

For Patients

1) Better co-ordination of care for patients moving through North East Essex’ whole health system - via the Community Gateway.

2) Easier access to services enabled by Care Co-ordinators. In time patients should only need to have one assessment saving the need to repeat your story to different clinicians.

3) Supporting patients to take control of their own health and well-being - working with clinicians to develop you own Integrated Care Plans.

For Clinicians

1) More time to care - by reducing duplication of effort, and giving clinicians easy access to the information required to make effective, quick decisions.

2) Care where it’s needed - delivering more health and care services in the community, at home, and with GPs.

What next:

Today we are working pro-actively with key partners including North East Essex CCG, Colchester University Hospital, North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, GPs, Essex County Council, North East Essex Voluntary and Community Sectors and Patients Groups to ensure we are ready  for system-wide integration.