Patients with neurological conditions will benefit from a new programme of work being led by The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust to improve the care they receive.
The Walton Centre has teamed up with partners including commissioners who pay for NHS services to form a group called The Neuro Network*. Using funding from NHS England, their ambition is to improve the services already provided to patients by the specialist hospital through a number of different projects designed to support patients to stay well outside of hospital for longer and ensure specialist help is more available in the community.
Advice lines at The Walton Centre have been expanded so that GPs have a two hour slot every working day to call up with enquiries about patients with neurological conditions. Similarly, more patients can have access to specialist nursing advice after the hospital’s Nurse Advice Line was expanded. Walton Centre patients with MS, epilepsy, MND, Parkinson’s disease and neuromuscular disorder can call to book an appointment (0151 529 5645).
In addition, extra community clinics are being offered through the Integrated Neurology Nurse Specialist service which sees expert nurses who are able to prescribe medications and host consultations with patients nearer to their home.
Programme Director Julie Riley explained: “This programme is about delivering services closer to home and when patients do come into hospital, supporting them so they can recover and go home quicker.
“From a patient point of view, we want to work in partnership with them. This is around giving them the power back to make decisions around their own care. Patients with neurological conditions are often the best people who know how to manage their condition. We, our consultant colleagues and GPs want to support them in self-management, where appropriate – rather than taking a paternalistic approach.”