Milton Keynes CCG highlight their vision for healthcare in the new city

Parents would prefer their children become a doctor
Parents would prefer their children become a doctor

People in Milton Keynes heard about the improvements that have been made to health care over the last 12 months at NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)’s Annual General Meeting, held in the new city last week.

The CCG highlighted three main strategic priorities shaping their vision for healthcare in Milton Keynes which included transforming Primary and community care, ensuring sustainable hospital services and making a positive impact and securing quality improvements by engaging with the public.

The introduction of a nurse-led multidisciplinary high impact team service, which in its pilot phase has led to a 31% drop in older people admitted to hospital from care homes in Milton Keynes, was highlighted as one of the successes. The service has now been rolled out to 28 care homes in the area covering 1,167 residents.

Several examples of successful partnerships across health and social care organisations in the area of Mental Health were discussed, including the successful pilot of dementia screening for improving early diagnosis and the Street Triage initiative between the CCG, Milton Keynes Council, Thames Valley Police and Trust which has seen a reduction in inappropriate admissions to A&E.

To further help alleviate pressure on the A&E department at Milton Keynes Hospital, Milton Keynes CCG has launched a ‘Rapid Response Team’ whereby nurses can assess and treat people with long-term conditions in their own homes.

The event was hosted by the CCG’s Chair, Dr Nicola Smith and the work of the CCG and its partners were showcased in a ‘marketplace’.

“We were very pleased that so many people attended the AGM and would like to thank everyone who came,” she said.

“We were particularly pleased to see so many of our partners there, including Carers Milton Keynes, Healthwatch Milton Keynes and COMPASS, which provides support for young people dealing with drug or alcohol misuse.

“We wanted to share feedback we have had from patients and local people to help shape our services going forwards and also discuss the future plans we are making to improve the health and wellbeing for the people of Milton Keynes.”

Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group is a membership organisation comprising 27 GP practices which plans and buys healthcare services for 270,000 people in Milton Keynes.

The Annual Report Summary can be downloaded by visiting http://www.miltonkeynesccg.nhs.uk/annual-report/