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Health and Social Care Policies
Mini vision — The overall vision is to be a healthy town bringing together health, wellbeing, sport and recreation with better mental health. A thriving GP practice operating from an enlarged site will deliver the care required for the growing town hinterland villages working closely and with other organisations.
The Core Objectives (CO) are: CO1; C06; C07; C011.
Health Objectives and Priorities
- To provide dual registered housing with care
- To provide a doctor's surgery for primary care delivery, with community care offices.
Of these, the latter is the highest priority, as there is already pressure on the doctor's surgery facilities.
Further objectives are:
- Working with the voluntary sector, develop community resources providing housing with care facilities.
- Enhance midwife and health visitor provision to meet childhood needs.
- Work with Norfolk & Suffolk Mental Health Care Trust to extend counselling services for young people, and acute service facilities for this area.
- Develop home-based care services and support.
- Build housing with care facilities for elderly disabled and vulnerable users.
- Build a Dementia care facility for high dependency users.
Provide a new and improved integrated health and social care facility (C06)
Seek and allocate a suitable site to accommodate a duel registered high dependency unit for around 65 beds.
Work with health and social care providers to deliver a new model of health care provision and treatment.
Seek a location to deliver a new joint GP surgery and primary care provision. The preferred option is a site on Station Road close to the rail station where there is an existing GP surgery, NHS clinic and some land.
The Station Road site provides good access to existing patients and is well located to also serve new residents on the SUE. There is room to expand and this site would be the preferred option.
The Station Road site is close to the Recreation Ground where informal recreation can be promoted for health.
Seek and allocate a suitable site to accommodate a dual registered high dependency unit for around 65 beds to accommodate early release from hospital, admission avoidance, dementia care and an end of life care facility.
A site search is underway and the location sought is as close as feasible to the GP surgery or in the northern part of the SUE. A site may be found and if so it can be allocated in this ANP in its final approved form, otherwise the allocation can be shown in a subsequent review.
The ANP healthcare baseline report and delivery strategy suggests this policy will have two different and important benefits:
a. working in partnership with the local GP practice to provide a range of flexible services that will help to avoid inappropriate admissions to acute hospitals.
b. working with housing providers to seek to deliver the residential care model that could free up family homes to meet housing needs.
Both these strategies working together are expected to lead to:
- Cost savings in the provision of services.
- Less demand on overstretched hospital resources.
- Contributions such as s106 from developers for affordable housing provision being more effectively used.
- Effective working with a range of local community volunteer groups.
- Improved service provision.
The delivery of services in a new way, such as the model in Aylsham, would require implementing different delivery strategies rather than just land use planning policies.
Attleborough GP surgery currently serves 17,400 patients both in the town and from several surrounding villages and settlements.The GP partnership is currently operating from two sites located within the town of Attleborough: Queen's Square and Station Road. Due to the split site and limitations of its buildings, the practice staff face a challenge on a daily basis to provide the service it would like to and patients expect of it.
A single site is in keeping with the strategic direction of NHS England and the 'Five Year Forward View' published in October 2014."Expanding the practice premises is essential if we are to develop new care models that provide for integrated health and social care provision for the expanded town of Attleborough".The practice anticipates requiring extensive expansion/new build when compared to the current footprint of the two combined surgeries. The expansion of space would be designed to give maximum flexibility to promote integrated care provision.