September 24th, 2016

Redditch doctors to hold open event for epilepsy, MS and Motor Neuron Disease sufferers

Redditch doctors to hold open event for epilepsy, MS and Motor Neuron Disease sufferers Redditch doctors to hold open event for epilepsy, MS and Motor Neuron Disease sufferers
Updated: 10:24 am, Sep 16, 2015

ANYONE who has epilepsy, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s, or who is looking after people with those conditions, is invited to an event hosted by the county’s GPs in Droitwich this Tuesday, September 15.

The aim is to help patients and carers get together to build their ideal pathway of care.

It comes after the three local doctor-run Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Worcestershire have joined together to make a new commitment to improve services for neurology patients.

As part of a review of services in the Worcestershire area, NHS South Worcestershire, NHS Wyre Forest and NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCGs are now involving local people with multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease (MND) and epilepsy to design joined-up pathways of care that meet their needs.

The CCGs have asked NHiS Commissioning Excellence to review their neurology services and to produce a report and recommendations for them. The report will reflect the views of local people who have a neurological condition, like epilepsy or Parkinson’s, and focuses on a range of issues – specifically to find out if current services meet the demands and needs of patients.

This work will involve patients, carers and health and social care professionals whose experience and opinions will be invaluable. The CCGs are hoping this process will help them to develop services for neurology patients which will be better coordinated, allowing problems to be identified earlier and pave the way for more joined-up systems.

To do this the CCGs and NHiS will be hosting an event to be held on Tuesday 15 September 2015 at 3.30 pm in the Sacred Heart Presbytery, 208 Worcester Road, Droitwich, WR9 8AZ, for patients, carers and health and social care professionals. Anyone who has epilepsy, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s, or who is looking after people with those conditions, is invited to participate and help build their ideal pathway of care.

To take part call 01527 482931 or email Amanda.Wilson@worcestershire.nhs.uk.

Chris Emerson, Director of Commissioning for the Worcestershire CCGs said: “It is vital that we establish improved, integrated processes for those patients with a neurological condition. This will not only offer better outcomes to patients but will help to reduce preventable emergency hospital admissions”.

“Patient and public opinion helps to shape the decisions that the CCG makes. Local people have said that they want to access coordinated care in a local setting and we are committed to streamlining systems that will benefit everyone involved.”

Chief Executive of NHiS Commissioning Excellence, Sue Thomas, who is leading the review, said: “We’re really excited to be bringing patients and professionals together on the September 15, 2015 to co-create new pathways of care. We have previously done this in other local areas and developed pathways that patients really want to see.”

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