Lower Lea Valley Locality Group
There are 8 GP practices in the Lower Lea Valley locality covering the areas of Waltham Cross, Cheshunt and Broxbourne. They provide care for a population of around 75,000 people with a budget for 2014/15 or £81.3m.
Most of the health budget is spent on acute hospital care which includes emergency treatment, planned operations, tests and investigations.
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The NHS is investing in primary and community services with a programme of planned changes being implemented in Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals which will improve access to high quality care closer to home for local people.
|Dr Alison Jackson
Locality Co-Chair Lower Lea
GP at The Maples, Broxbourne
Prescribing lead: Dr Mohamad Dabbagh
Mental Health lead: TBC
Patient Engagement lead: Dr Angela Goodwin
Long Term Conditions lead: Dr Alison Jackson
Here are some of the projects we've been working on over the past year:
HomeFirst, a scheme piloted in the area, has helped over 1,200 of the area’s residents to be treated at home, supported by health and social care staff, instead of being admitted to hospital. Nurses, social workers, therapists and home carers work alongside GPs to ensure that all of a patient’s needs are cared for. Every patient surveyed said that they were treated with dignity and respect by the HomeFirst team and 89 per cent of patients said that they had been actively involved in decisions about their care.
Childhood Obesity Project; more than 13 per cent of Broxbourne’s four and five year old children are obese, compared with a regional average of eight per cent for children of this age. GPs are working collaboratively with Children’s Centres to provide and signpost families to a range of initiatives including lifestyle reviews, cookery classes and free family based exercise programmes.
Carers Project; primary care in partnership with Crossroads Care are prioritising the health of local carers in the community by improving the identification of carers and supporting their health and wellbeing. Each Practice now has a Carer Champion who will help support and raise the profile of Carers in the community.
Patient Access; Warden Lodge & Stockwell Medical Centre are piloting a patient access scheme where patients will speak directly to a GP to see whether they need an appointment. As a result, both waiting times and the number of people not turning up for their appointments has reduced and fewer patients from these practices are going to A&E unnecessarily.
• Over 75’s Health Checks
• Winter Pressure Schemes
• Enhanced Commissioning Framework
• NHS Health Checks
• Weight Watchers / Slimming World Referral
• Care Homes Enhanced Service
• End of Life Project
• Map of Medicine
• Childhood Obesity Project
• HomeFirst PLUS
• FLO Telehealth
• Carers Project
Key health priorities
• Tackling childhood obesity (and obesity in general)
• End of life care
• HomeFirst (integrating health and social care)