North Devon visit highlights integrated working

Local successes in integrated working in North Devon were highlighted during a recent visit by Dr Sarah Wollaston, Chair of the Integrated Care System for Devon, Dame Shan Morgan, the new Chair of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and local MP Selaine Saxby.

The work of collaborative partnership One Northern Devon was showcased, including its Flow programme; which organises tailored inter-agency support, “flowing” around the individual.

One Northern Devon partners Encompass South West led a discussion highlighting how this had turned around the life of a client and was still providing support. The client told the story of their traumatic life experiences and explained what they had found so helpful in the support provided through the programme. They are now helping Encompass SW to co-design services and providing invaluable insight into user’s views and challenges.

The group also visited Belle’s Place (featured in the August 2021 edition of One Devon Bulletin); a drop-in café providing a safe environment where the staff are committed and dedicated to support the young people of Ilfracombe through an ever-growing range of services to and for the whole community.

At North Devon District hospital the party was shown around the newly upgraded CT scanning suite and Jubilee Ward; a new modular build orthopaedic facility, currently under construction, which is due to open later this month. It will provide 10 beds that will be set aside for planned orthopaedic surgery, such as knee and hip operations.

Dr Sarah Wollaston, Chair of the Integrated Care System for Devon said, “It was wonderful to see how different parts of the community are working with local health and care services to tackle issues facing communities in north Devon.  I was pleased to see the great work being carried out at North Devon District Hospital to address the backlog of procedures which has built up as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon said: “‘It was great to be able to see the investment that has been made into North Devon District Hospital. I was particularly impressed with the rapid development of the Jubilee Ward, a new ward to specifically help reduce the backlog of elective orthopaedic surgeries, not just here but to help relieve pressures from around Devon.

“Having received government funding in December they are planning to be open by the end of the month and, as the ward name suggests, in time for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. An incredible logistical job all round and will hold us in good stead to receive further investment.”

Dame Shan Morgan, Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Trust Chair said: “We were delighted to welcome Ms Saxby and Dr Wollaston to NDDH and show them our recent developments and share our plans for the future.”

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