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Chinese health leaders visit CCG for expertise in care for older people

Newcastle Gateshead CCG’s transformation team has hosted international visitors from China, to witness the work that has been carried out as part of the CCG’s Enhanced Health in Care Homes [EHCH] Vanguard Programme.

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Delegates from China’s health authority visit Newcastle Gateshead CCG’s EHCH Pathway of Care group


The delegates from the Tianjin Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning visited the UK last week to learn about different NHS services, with a particular focus on primary care and the role of GPs.

The visitors included chief physicians and directors of Tianjin’s hospitals, commissioning and medical schools, specialising in a range of practices including family planning, gynaecology and community health services.  The group attended the EHCH Pathway of Care meeting where they met frontline staff from across Newcastle and Gateshead prior to spending time with them in their clinical areas over the course of the afternoon.

The team gave the visitors an insight into the work of the EHCH model over recent years, highlighting the value in quality of data collection, explaining the wider national NHS context of the ‘5 Year Forward View’ and how the work may contribute to the wider plans for system-wide transformation for the delivery of care services in the future.

Lesley Bainbridge, Lead Nurse for the programme presented the Pathway of Care work, which sees a range of health and care professionals meet weekly to share their specialist knowledge and views on older people’s care in care homes, in hospital and in their own homes.

Lesley explained: “The purpose of the Pathway of Care meeting each week is for professionals experienced in different aspects of older people’s care to share their knowledge and skills, explore practice and test new ways of working.”

Claire Laing, Business Intelligence Lead, gave a presentation on proposed changes to the data that Care Homes are currently required to submit to the sector’s regulating bodies.

Claire explained that in working with NHS England, ADASS and the CQC, what ‘a shared vision of quality’ could look like in care, and how this could help to define shared outcomes and metrics across all organisations involved – therefore answering questions from all professionals involved in a person’s care, and avoiding duplication and the burden of reporting.

Lesley added: “Moving forward, the work we have done will also feed into Newcastle Gateshead’s Sustainable Transformation Plan (STP), ensuring that we take our valued learning and apply it to shape the wider view for the whole system –  if you get it right for older people, you get it right for everyone else.

The group gave positive feedback on what they had learned during their visit, explaining how they will take what they have learned back to China, where there is currently attention being drawn to transforming the health system with a greater focus on the delivery of primary care as an initial point of contact for patients accessing healthcare.

Speaking on the day, the leader Mr Jincheng said: “We were able to see how the delivery of community and primary care services could be delivered differently. This has given us a very different perspective. The visits were very interesting and our colleagues in the UK were very warm to us and we’re very open to sharing their expertise.”

The visit was organised in partnership with Northumbria University to help the visitors gather insight into current frameworks, in order to influence the current reform of the health system in China with new ideas for service delivery to focus on enhancing primary care; to develop health pathways that support more patients to be cared for by their GP rather than directly accessing hospital services and to improve education and training of GPs.

Presentations from the day can be viewed here: