Health bosses to design new healthcare system for Norfolk in a bid to cope with rising demand
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A new system of healthcare for Norfolk will be drawn up after chief executives of the county's hospitals and community health services agreed to work closer together.
Bosses at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust and Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, will develop a 'comprehensive plan' for Norfolk.
They have formed a new alliance called the Norfolk Provider Partnership (NPP).
Their healthcare plan will be developed by the summer of 2017.
In a joint statement, the trusts' chief executives said: 'We face some difficult challenges as providers of healthcare in Norfolk including the relentless rise in demand for our services, and the recruitment of skilled staff.
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'Our organisations already work together, but we think we can benefit patients even further from a more joined-up approach to treatment and care, and the NPP will be working together to agree the best ways to provide services for our patients in the future.
'By working more closely together through the NPP we plan to both secure and develop specialist local care for patients to avoid the need for travelling outside Norfolk, to look at providing better support for patients in their own homes preventing unnecessary and often inconvenient hospital stays, and to share good practice more consistently.
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'The NPP will be working with commissioners, other NHS organisations and Norfolk County Council Social Services to design a new system of healthcare that is strengthened, improved and more integrated for the benefit our patients.'
On Monday the EDP called for a rethink on the way healthcare is delivered in the region, as we launched our six-day series of in-depth articles on the state of the local NHS.
For more information, reaction, and analysis on this story see tomorrow's editions of the EDP and Norwich Evening News.