In August OptiMedis-COBIC and our partners, Social Finance met with a group of GPs and Practice Managers and hospital and community staff from East Grinstead – one of the meetings was at Queen Victoria Hospital, the other was at a local practice Crawley Down Health Centre.
We discussed the OptiMedis “Shared savings” model and how Patient Activation and initiatives based on data and local need can be used to deliver the Quadruple aim.
Some of the ideas we discussed were
- Health Campus,
- Promotion of healthy living
- Living with (not coping with) Long-Term Condition
- Falls prevention and quicker follow-up support following falls
We also discussed how to improve the working lives of GPs, for example, helping with the administrative burden of consultations by considering pre-consultation assessment forms, poly-pharmacy management support in GP practices, Physician Assistants and many more.
At the moment, we are at the data-collection stage of the programme, which is already revealing some areas we can test out our ideas. However, any initiatives must be grounded in what the local teams want and feel best for them and their communities, so it was great to see so many great ideas being generated by the colleagues working together and the an ‘can-do’ attitude amongst the people we engaged with. Now we will work more on the data and learning from Germany and elsewhere to provide ideas to be implemented following our next workshop in mid-September. Watch this space!