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Primary care, mental health support, community-based treatment and some hospital clinics could be delivered by one provider across two Norfolk areas

PUBLISHED: 17:06 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:14 15 September 2017

Antek Lejk, who is the chief officer for South Norfolk and North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Groups. Photo: North Norfolk CCG

Antek Lejk, who is the chief officer for South Norfolk and North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Groups. Photo: North Norfolk CCG

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A lack of integration, a £60m shortfall, and staff shortages have all contributed to a vision to move specialist care out of hospitals in two areas of Norfolk.

Health chiefs from clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in north and south Norfolk have said “the challenges facing the NHS are significant and are not underestimated” as they asked for views from the public today, Friday.

And in the latest draft of a strategy released by the two CCGs, both committed to a model of care known as a multispecialty community provider (MCP) - where a host of services are delivered by one consortium in a specific area.

It means seeing a GP, accessing physical and mental health services in the community, and social care could all be provided by an MCP in north and south Norfolk seven days a week.

Primary services are currently provided by 19 GP surgeries in north Norfolk, and 23 in south Norfolk. In contrast, mental health services are provided by the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, while community-based services come from Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.

However in the future, one provider could take over those, as well as other services patients may have had to go to hospital for previously. For example, patients may be able to access as ear, nose and throat, dermatology and gynaecology clinics without having to go to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).

The MCP model is the goal set out by the NHS nationally, in a bid to keep more patients out of hospital and cope with rising demand.

Antek Lejk, Chief Officer of NHS North Norfolk CCG and South Norfolk CCG said: “The strategy captures the intention of both CCGs to develop and improve sustainable, high quality health services in the community, closer to where people live. We want to make sure that the strategy reflects the needs of people living and working in north and south Norfolk.”

Members of the public are invited to attend the joint engagement event on September 19, 9.30am to 12.30pm, at Bawdeswell Village Hall. Anyone interested can RSVP or send questions to nnccg.contactus@nhs.net. For those unable to attend the event feedback is welcome via email to the same address.

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