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22 June 2016

New commissioning brief launched to improve neurological services in community settings

The Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) has launched a new brief to support local commissioners in improving services provided to people diagnosed with long-term neurological conditions such as epilepsy, in community settings.

The commissioning brief is the outcome of a collaborative project between the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network (SCN), Sue Ryder, Southampton and Royal Holloway London Universities, Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead Clinical Commissioning Group, Neural Pathways (UK), and the Neurological Alliance.

Five Year Forward View

The project supports the aims set out in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View to deliver locally-provided, integrated care, organised around the patient.

The brief aims to help deliver person centred co-ordinated care for people with neurological conditions by encouraging the adoption of community-based care models. It also aims to help commissioners understand the value and benefits of good community neurology by developing a demonstrable evidence base.

Brief information

The brief is targeted primarily at local clinical commissioning groups and contains information on:

* Identifying the needs and priorities of people living with a long-term neurological condition and their carers

* Neurology datasets and benchmarking

* Delivering integrated care pathways

* Integrating good mental health into care pathways

* Technology to enable community care models for long-term neurological conditions

Comment from Neurological Alliance

Arlene Wilkie, chief executive of the Neurological Alliance, said: “Good community care services are crucial to people living with neurological conditions. They can support improved wellbeing and better health outcomes for patients, help people to self-manage their conditions more effectively and maintain good mental health. There is great potential for better community care to reduce pressure on hospitals by helping people maintain their good health and independence for longer.”

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