Guest Blog: Suzanne Edwards - Director of operations

02 July 2020

I would like to extend the warmest of welcomes to our brand new Wirral Continuing Healthcare (CHC) colleagues who have joined #TeamCWP this week.

NHS Continuing Healthcare is the name given to a package of care that is arranged and funded by the NHS for people outside of hospital who have ongoing healthcare needs. The CHC team are responsible for the assessment and commissioning of appropriate care packages, case management and review of people who require an individually commissioned package of care in Wirral including funded nursing care, specialist learning disabilities and other complex care package. You can read more about the service here

Delivering this service will enable us to build on the established All Age Disability and Mental Health service so that together we can improve our offer for people with continuing health care and complex needs to achieve a fully integrated all age service for Wirral residents. Moving forwards, our focus will be upon early intervention, providing care closer to home with more community based support and reducing delays resulting in improved experiences for people.

The NHS Long Term Plan, brought in last year, highlighted the need for provider organisations to strengthen their relationships with partners in their area and as an organisation we are proud to work in partnership with NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group. It is my firm belief that it is this commitment to working together that has seen the Care Quality Commission once again rate us as outstanding for caring in our recent inspection.

This partnership working has also been evidenced in our response to the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has brought. Through working closely with local hospital Trusts, local authorities, third sector organisations and our commissioners, we have worked really hard to meet the demands in our local communities in these unprecedented times.

I am really proud of the way everyone at CWP continues to respond to the pandemic and know that the Wirral CHC team are joining a like-minded organisation who are always person-centred in their values and approach.

Learn more about the Wirral CHC team in the next edition of CWP Life.

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