ProCareMonday 10 September 2012, 1:10PM
Media release from ProCare
The Franklin community is to benefit from better collaboration of
health professionals and a wider range of health services being
delivered in their community with the launch of the Franklin
Locality Clinical Partnership today (LCP) (ed: 10 Sept).
The Franklin LCP is a formal partnership between Counties Manukau
Health, ProCare PHO and Franklin general practices (Waiuku Health
Plus Medical Centre, Pukekohe Family Health Centre, Pukekohe
Medical Services, Seddon Street Medical Centre & Tuakau
Health), the locality's hospitals, Allied Health services,
pharmacies, and social services such as the Whare Oranga marae
services delivered by ProCare and Huakina Development Trust.
The partnership's priority is to improve Franklin's patient
experiences and health outcomes by delivering an increasing number
of healthcare services closer to patients' homes, in the community,
which will remove the frustrations of referral delays and the
inconvenience of additional travel costs and family life
interruptions associated with travelling to Middlemore
ProCare and CM Health have both committed to a shared approach to
providing patient care in Franklin, with recognition that GPs and
general practice will remain the central relationship point for
patients. For patients, particularly those with chronic conditions,
it means the district nurse, GP, pharmacist and hospital
specialists working together and sharing information to give the
best possible care.
"This is a really exciting time for Franklin as we're pioneering
real 'system-change' based on the clear, shared vision that we want
to improve our patients' experiences and journey by better
integrating services around their 'Medical Home' the General
Practice, and supporting the growth of community-based
infrastructure ," says Geoff Smith, the LCP's newly appointed
General Manager, Clinical Partnership - Franklin.
Reflecting the spirit of partnership, Geoff has been seconded from
his position as ProCare's Senior Manager for People, Culture &
Communications to this new locality development role, based at CM
Health. Geoff is a Franklin resident and also a Board member of a
number of community and business organisations in Franklin.
Geoff will oversee the implementation of a shared business plan
that will include tangible initiatives such as a rehabilitation
pilot for the elderly at Pukekohe and Franklin hospitals; a primary
care-led palliative care programme; GPs being offered the chance to
develop special interest areas of expertise and offer them on site
at their practices; and GPs and specialists being bought together
to offer services on site at the marae clinics at Whare
As well as improving ease of access to services, the partnership
aims to help stem the growing cost burden on Auckland's hospital
system, as more patients will be better supported with coordinated
services that help them avoid hospital admission.
"This partnership is also important for increasing the capability
of our wider community of GPs, nurses, public health staff, aged
care staff and general practice staff, helping to grow their areas
of expertise, responsibilities and job satisfaction as they start
to see better patient outcomes for their patients they care deeply
about," says Geoff.
Franklin is the first of four LCPs that CM Health is developing
over the next few years.
Other localities are likely to follow around Auckland.