Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department of Health, visited Thurrock health services on Friday, 31 August to talk to staff and patients, with a particular focus on how our integrated services are delivered.
The Minister’s visit was initiated by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and their campaign to highlight the value and role of Occupational Therapists to local MPs across the country.
Karin Orman, Lead Professional Adviser at RCOT: “We’re delighted that Jackie accepted our request to meet with Occupational Therapists at Thurrock Community Hospital. The RCOT has been engaging with parliamentary representatives through its Improving Lives, Saving Money Campaign to highlight the role of occupational therapy in health and social care. We’re keen to inform MPs about the value of occupational therapy within integrated multidisciplinary services. The visit today will highlight how a joint approach across mental health, social care and health services can meet local community needs.”
Jackie Doyle-Price MP talking to Occupational Therapists
Tania Sitch, Integrated Care Director for Thurrock (NELFT and Thurrock Council), led the welcoming party that included Karin Orman and Laura Stuart Neil, Lead for Allied Health Professions at NELFT, and escorted Jackie around the hospital to meet with staff.
Tania said: “It was pleasure to showcase a number of health and social care services that are already successfully integrated, and plans for others to bring them together. Integrating services across health and social care leads to improved outcomes for people and this is already happening in Thurrock. NELFT, Essex Partnership University NHS Trust (EPUT), Thurrock Council and the Voluntary Sector are working closely together to transform services.”
Jackie visited a vast array of health services including:
- Thurrock First - a mental health and social care Single Point of Access service run in partnership with EPUT and Thurrock Council.
- The Mayfield Unit – an intermediate rehabilitation unit treating adults living with long-term conditions such as dementia.
- The Integrated Therapy Service for Children and Young People – a service is organised into three integrated teams, with Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists working together to treat children and young people.
- Thurrock’s Integrated Community Team (ICT) – the team provides a wide range of nursing care, physiotherapy and occupational therapy to mainly housebound patients. This includes such things as administering injections, helping with diabetes and chronic wound management.
- Thurrock’s Rapid Response and Assessment Service (RRAS) – the service provides rapid health and social care assessment for service users and carers who are in or approaching a crisis. The team includes advanced Nurse Practitioners (independent prescribers); Social Workers; Health Care Assistants and Administration support.
- Integrated Children’s Therapy – the service works with children and young people from 0 - 19 years who have difficulties in a wide-range of areas. These may impact on a child’s development and their ability to achieve the activities they want or need to day to day, their physical abilities including mobility or their communication.
- Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) - provides emotional wellbeing and mental health advice and support for young people and their families across Southend, Essex and Thurrock.
- Dementia Crisis Support Team - provides support for people with dementia and their carers or care providers to manage a period of crises and avoid possible admissions to hospital where possible.
Speaking about her visit, Jackie said: “It was pleasure to spend time with the full range of health professional at Thurrock Community hospital. Health services and local Councils need to get better at tackling all the needs of their patients, not just those immediately before them. I am delighted to see such collaboration across services and a real emphasis on putting the patient’s needs first. I thank everyone for their enthusiasm in providing the best possible services for our local community.”