20th June 2016

New community neurology brief for commissioners

Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) has launched a new commissioning brief to support local commissioners to improve the services provided in community settings to people diagnosed with a long-term neurological condition. The document is available to download here.

The report has been produced as part of a collaborative project between the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network (SCN), Sue Ryder, Southampton and Royal Holloway London Universities, Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead Clinical Commissioning Group, Neural Pathways (UK), and the Neurological Alliance. The project supports the aims set out in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View to explore the potential of new models of care to deliver locally-provided, integrated care, organised around the patient.

The project aims to:

  • stimulate the delivery of person centred co-ordinated care for people with neurological conditions by encouraging the adoption of community based care model(s)
  • develop an evidence base to demonstrate and help commissioners understand the value and benefits of good community neurology

The report launched today is aimed primarily at local clinical commissioning groups and contains information on:

Identifying the needs and priorities of people living with a long-term neurological condition and their carers Neurology datasets and benchmarking Delivering integrated care pathways Integrating good mental health into care pathways *Technology to enable community care models for long-term neurological conditions

Arlene Wilkie, chief executive of the Neurological Alliance, said: “Good community care services are crucial to people living with neurological conditions. They can support improved wellbeing and better health outcomes for patients, help people to self-manage their conditions more effectively and maintain good mental health. There is great potential for better community care to reduce pressure on hospitals by helping people maintain their good health and independence for longer.”

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