Maria Caulfield, the Member of Parliament for Lewes, has given her backing to the recently unveiled Emergency Care Improvement Programme which sees Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (which serves parts of the Lewes constituency) and the wider health and social care system receive additional support.
The support will have a particular focus on improving the urgent and emergency care system performance across the winter months. The support began in September.
As Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has been challenged in meeting its emergency care 4 hour waiting time standard, the local system will receive tailored support via ECIP to address this. ECIP will be clinically led and will offer practical support to improve patient flow through the urgent and emergency care system and will ensure patients quickly and safely return to their permanent place of residence, with any necessary support they require.
Maria Caulfield, Member of Parliament for Lewes said: “The winter months always see increased pressure on our local NHS services and so this additional support is timely and most welcome. This action will help ensure patients receive the service they deserve, and that hard working NHS staff want to provide.”
ECIP will help local systems deliver rapid and sustained improvements in service quality, safety and patient flow via four main strands of activity;
· Enhanced practical support from the Department of Health’s Emergency Care Intensive Support Team (ECIST) for local systems- this will include additional expertise from both the health and social care sectors
· Creating a collaborative learning network – this will link strong performers across the urgent and emergency care system with other challenged systems, so that innovative practice and insight can be shared
· A closer buddying system –providing access to highly tailored advice, support and expertise from strong performers to facilitate any necessary change that is required
· Additional programme management support - to help local systems implement improvements
The ECIP programme is being facilitated by Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, NHS England and the Department of Health.
Maria concluded: “This partnership will ensure that Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust is supported by coherent efforts across the local system and can focus on securing the necessary improvements in service quality, safety and patient flow. I will be continuing to monitor the situation closely.”