Boundary Brook House played host to a special visit from the Department of Health on Tuesday 1 February. Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing, and Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer met with Teams from across the Children and Families, Community and Mental Health Divisions to discuss the innovative ways Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been integrating care.
This was part of a wider visit, to see how Oxfordshire is delivering compassionate excellence. The visit also included Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Oxford Brookes University, where Viv and Jane met with some of the nursing students who had undertaken placements with the Trust.
Jane commented on how positive it had been to talk to the students and hear stories of their placements, saying the students were really passionate in particular about working in older care where they really valued the experience.
The teams had the opportunity to tell Jane and Viv about the integrated working developed between the Trust divisions. This includes linking community and mental health teams across children’s services allowing better care coordination and developing greater understanding of what other teams do. Enabling duplication of work previously managed by specialist Nursing teams.
The older adult teams discussed the improvements in older people’s care which have resulted from better integration, including spin off projects such as a Dementia empowerment group run by people with Dementia. John Campbell, Head of Nursing described the incredible level of energy and commitment around the older peoples care pathway making it very exciting work.
Viv Bennett said it was really interesting to see how the Trust is using the Department of Health’s Transforming Community Services Programme to develop stronger care pathways, integrating community and mental health, and commented how Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has the potential to be leaders in this due to the successful ways the teams have worked.
Ros Alstead, Director of Nursing and Clinical Standards for the Trust, said the meeting was a great opportunity for the Nursing teams to be proud of what they do, and to talk about what they do.