Integrated locality teams
Our new, integrated approach to delivering health and social care is paying dividends for people in East Sussex.What is an integrated locality team?
Integrated locality teams (ILTs), made up of nurses, therapists, social workers and proactive care practitioners from East Sussex Health Care Trust (ESHT) and East Sussex County Council, have been rolled out across Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford and Hastings and Rother CCG areas.
There are six teams, each of which is aligned to a small number of GP practices. This means GPs can also work together to provide consistent care for patients.
People receiving care and support from the integrated teams have a care co-ordinator who is their main point of contact and makes arrangements to ensure the person’s changing needs can be met.
The new approach is leading to better outcomes for people as well as improved information-sharing and less duplication.
By working more closely together, the teams are able to deliver more cohesive and appropriate care and support more quickly.
Therapists from East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and the County Council’s Adult Social Care department provide an enhanced service to prevent people from falling, and support those people who have experienced a fall. The aim is to ensure local people see the right therapist, at the right time, to meet their individual needs and to help them stay independent.
Frailty Practitioners are offering people living with frailty specialist assessments and coordinating their care under the guidance of consultants, to provide additional support to people with complex health needs both out in the community and within acute hospitals.
The Crisis Response team treat people safely in their homes so they don’t have to go to hospital.
A Proactive Care Practitioner service works within our integrated locality teams to identify patients and support them to better manage their long term conditions and prevent unnecessary A&E attendances or hospital admissions.
By working in such an integrated way, we believe we’re able to serve the local community much more effectively. The emphasis is on wrapping individualised care around the person in a way that meets their specific needs, and the feedback so far has been very positive.