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SWANO’s Neurological Commissioning Conference: An Overview

Lyons Davidson’s Head Injury Team attended the South West Alliance for Neurological Conditions (SWANO) day to discuss neurological commissioning at Taunton Race Course earlier this summer.

The main purpose of the day was:

  • To facilitate primary care trusts’ neurological commissioning groups to work together in clusters and regionally;
  • To share quality information and consider variation across the region;
  • To share information about neurology prevalence, commissioning activity in local systems and examples of good practice;
  • To consider how to develop a sustainable expert resource for GP commissioning consortia.

As well as discussing how to improve neurology services in the new NHS, Karen Tanner, South West Strategic Health Authority’s Associate Director of Patient Care, spoke about a comprehensive approach to long-term conditions. This approach promotes self-management for people with long-term conditions by, for example, ensuring they feel supported enough to manage their condition; improving their functional ability; reducing time spent in hospital and enabling them to remain in their homes and communities. It also involves integrating all elements of care and enhancing quality of life for carers.

Next up was Gina Sargeant, General Manager of Neuro Rehabilitation Services and Head of Therapy, at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath. She spoke about delivering specialist services that provide quality, and engaging with commissioners. The focus of her talk was on working in tandem with commissioners and community teams, managing patient and family expectations, establishing models of delivery and outcome measures, which, in turn, should lead to a pathway development which is centred on the patient.

Liz Little (Personal Health Budgets Project Lead) and Barbara Ludlow (Clinical Adviser) at NHS Somerset discussed Personal Health Budgets and the pilot scheme they are running in Somerset. “A Personal Health Budget helps people to get the services they need to achieve their health outcomes, by letting them take as much control over how money is spent on their care as is appropriate for them.” They allow recipients more choice, flexibility and control over the health services and care they receive. At the heart of this is a care plan, which sets out the agreement between the primary care trust and the recipient and outlines their health needs, the amount of money available to meet those needs and how the money will be spent. This received full pilot status in June 2010 and direct payments began in October of the same year.

Click here to see slides of the day’s presentations.

Posted on Aug 10th, 2011 by Lyons Davidson