The Healthy Together clinic is an innovative and integrated model of healthcare provision, a partnership between Bristol Community Health, six GP practices (G06) and Age UK Bristol. The aim is to provide intervention and treatment for leg ulcers – as well as an opportunity for social interaction – among patients in South Bristol.
The clinic is jointly staffed with Bristol Community Health community nurses, GP practice treatment room nurses and healthcare assistants. Age UK Bristol find solutions for patients who struggle to access the clinic and provide a holistic programme for social wellbeing.
The team come together once a week, across six sites to deliver gold standard patient care that promotes faster and longer-lasting wound healing. The clinic also provides patients with a social setting where they feel supported and are encouraged to feel more in control of their condition.
Clinical and social outcomes include:
- 55% of patients have been discharged as healed within three months of first attendance at the clinic
- Less than 2% of patients who attended the clinic have had a recurrence of their leg ulcer
- Patients report that they feel more positive about their treatment when they see other patient’s progress.
‘Staff were so professional and knowledgeable. On my first visit they used a Doppler then they decided on exactly the right dressing for my leg. They gave me specialised compression stockings to help stimulate blood flow to the wound – as soon as I had those on it made a huge difference. It started healing straight away. And because the clinic was drop-in, you didn’t have to worry about making an appointment at a particular time. You could go when it suited you. It was a brilliant service – I couldn’t fault it.’ Pat, Healthy Together clinic patient.
The winners will be announced at an awards dinner on 17 October 2018 – the first day of NAPC’s Annual Conference in Birmingham.
The full list of shortlisted organisations can be found here. #NAPCawards.