Sir Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health recently visited Antrim Care Home to hear about excellent integrated health and social care in practice, through genuine partnership working. The visit was to observe front line delivery of Integrated Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland across Hospital and Community. The visit started with a visit to Antrim Area Hospital to see early intervention and complex discharge planning involving acute, community, mental health and social care staff with patient plans and journeys.
From there the Permanent Secretary visited Antrim Care Home, Intermediate Care and Rehabilitation Unit which is contracted by the Northern Trust to provide ‘step-down’ services for patients (primarily elderly) requiring short term rehabilitation to enable a return home, or long term care plan.
Medical Services are provided by local General Practitioners with Occupational Therapists, Physio, Dietetics, Speech and Language Therapists from the Trust providing in-reach Rehabilitation . Each patient has a named social worker who monitors progress and makes long terms plans with the patient, family, carers, GP and community voluntary services including social prescribing programmes.
Janet Montgomery, Director, Hutchinson Care Homes commented: “We were delighted to welcome Sir Chris Wormald to Antrim Care Home to see excellent integrated health and social care in practice, through genuine partnership working. We look forward to our relationship with the Northern Trust growing and continuing to flourish.”