MDT’s have now been operating for 6 to 8 months, and the new SLA for 2016/2017 has been sent to practices, together with supporting documentation and funding allocations.

And, following your feedback, we have been working closely with Sunderland CCG and NHS England to align the Avoiding Unplanned Admissions DES with Community Integrated Teams to reduce duplication for practices.

Most GP Practices in Sunderland are signed up to both the Avoiding Unplanned Admissions DES and Community Integrated Teams. Both Schemes aim to achieve similar outcomes by improving case-management and care co-ordination in the community. There is, therefore, some overlap which gives us an opportunity to streamline some of the admin and reporting burden to support the practices in the delivery of the two schemes. All Practices have been supplied with a flowchart, and we have streamlined the amount of codes to be used for both schemes without compromising the reporting requirements for either NHS England or the Vanguard project.

MDT’s are continually evolving, and new guidance around MDT working and Risk Stratification has been developed by the Care Planning Group and shared with you all. There has been a tremendous amount of determination, hard work and dedication by all team members in making MDTs a success. Partner Agencies have also worked tirelessly behind the scenes in contributing to the advancement of the programme. Recent performance data shows that in Quarter 1 there has been a reduction in non-elective admissions. I wanted to share this success with you and also congratulate you all for the hard work and dedication in improving the lives of the patients in Sunderland, each and everyone one of you have played a part in making this success happen – thank-you!

For more information please contact Judith Taylor, Contract Delivery Manager, 0191 516 6076 or [email protected].