West Coast DHBWednesday 19 September 2012, 1:04PM
Media release from West Coast DHB
In July this year the West Coast DHB asked staff for their feedback
on a report that sought to replace the current Needs Assessment and
Service Co-ordination service, known as Carelink, with a Complex
Clinical Care Network (CCCN) for older person's health. The report
concluded that there was further potential to improve services for
people living with complex needs on the Coast, the majority of
those being older people.
David Meates, chief executive of the West Coast DHB
says,"Introduction of the proposed CCCN team gives us an
opportunity to implement a range of service improvements.
"One of these is a focus on maximising older people's independence.
The West Coast currently has a higher than average rate of rest
home entry. We need to encourage older people to remain independent
by enabling them to receive services that help them to stay healthy
and independent. Working in close collaboration with the Canterbury
DHB, the CCCN team will provide greater specialist geriatric
support for West Coast primary medical staff.
"It will take around six months to establish the CCCN. During this
time there will be no immediate change to the assessment and
referral process for people waiting to receive home based support
or to access to rest home care.
"The new CCCN will see all services that currently provide care for
the elderly in our community, such as home based support,
residential and respite care, primary health and GP practices and
hospital services, working much better together to meet the needs
of patients. In future we will have much improved coordination for
those who require community support to live comfortably at
"On the West Coast there are approximately 800 people receiving
home-based support. Of these about 200 have complex clinical care
needs which will be coordinated by the CCCN, with the remaining
600, who have more straight forward requirements, having their care
met through the existing home-based support system. The needs of
patients will be regularly reviewed to ensure their care
requirements are being met as part of the new network's
David Meates says the new Complex Clinical Care Network will also
reduce or eliminate the gaps and delays that are in the current
"There is going to be a modest increase in the overall number of
staff within the new CCCN and a change to some of the current
Carelink roles and responsibilities. The DHB is working with
Carelink staff that may be affected by the changes. Staff affected
by any change in the current roles and responsibilities will be
offered the chance of redeployment within the wider health system,
"says David Meates.