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Home First - Your Future NHS Care at Home and in the Community

Mid Essex CCG has today (Monday 9th October) launched an engagement programme to talk about plans that will aim to help more people recover at home after a spell in hospital.

In 2018, the CCG plans to start a Home First service that will offer more people the opportunity to rehabilitate and recover at home with support from healthcare professionals like physiotherapists and nurses.

If the option of going home from hospital is not right for patients, other places in the community can be offered including an enhanced nursing home or community hospital bed.

At the same time as starting a Home First service, the CCG also wants to maximise the use of theatres at Braintree Community Hospital for Orthopaedic surgery and change the way beds are used at the hospital to allow people to recover there after surgery.

Over the next 10 weeks, the CCG hopes to talk to local communities and groups about the plans and gather feedback from local people on Home First.

Dr Caroline Dollery, Chair of Mid Essex CCG, explains: “Advances in healthcare are creating new opportunities to improve care for people. Home First is a different way of providing rehabilitation and support to help people recover after a spell in an acute hospital.

"It works on the principle of people being discharged from hospital, once they are medically fit, to a place that would enable their best recovery.

"This place could be home, an enhanced nursing home or a community hospital bed – whatever is the most appropriate place for that person – there would not be ‘one plan for all’.

“We also recognise that change can be unsettling for some and that’s why we’d love to hear from local people on our plans so we can really shape a service that feels right for mid Essex.”

You can give us your feedback online by following this link. Alternatively, a timetable of specific information events has been planned across Maldon, Braintree and Chelmsford:

Date Time Venue
Tuesday 17th October  7.00pm to 9.00pm  Braintree Baptist Church, Coggeshall Road, Blyths Meadow, Braintree, CM7 9DP
Monday 6th November  7.00pm to 8.30pm  The Plume Academy (Main Hall), Fambridge Road, Maldon, CM9 6AB
Tuesday 14th November  6.30pm to 8.00pm Chapter House (Main Hall), Cathedral Walk, Chelmsford, CM1 1NX
Wednesday 15th November  1.30pm to 3.00pm Braintree Town Hall, Market Place, Braintree, CM7 3YG
Monday 20th November  7.00pm to 8.30pm Club Woodham, 5-7 Baron Road, South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5XQ

Mid Essex CCG is also keen to hear from people with recent experience of community care and is working with both Mid Essex Hospital Trust and Provide CIC to reach patients. Find out more about the CCG’s plans and how you can get involved here: http://bit.ly/2y9XYWC.