Almost everyone is now up and running with their Community Integrated Teams (CIT), thank you to everyone for their hard work to get the Alliance to this position. Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive and people have really embraced the new way of working. That isn’t to say there haven’t been some teething troubles, but this is to be expected in a project of this scale. The important thing is that we’re now delivering better patient outcomes and we work with the other system-wide partners to ensure the teams operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Thank you to everyone for their participation. I know there were some concerns expressed about general practice’s ability to find the additional capacity required by Integrated Teams, but almost every practice across the city has been able to do so, an expression I think, of the commitment of the sector to making system improvements.

The following MDT Coordinators commenced in post at the start of last week:

• Claire Curtis: primary focus Washington;
• Alex Robson: primary focus West;
• Tracey Ham: primary focus Coalfields.

They’ve been made to feel very welcome, and they will be joined very soon by:

• Julie Barnett, primary focus East.

The Alliance is continuing to recruit for the North, and a part time position for Washington, so if you know anyone who might be interested, please do point them our way.

In the meantime, if you’ve any concerns about the operation of Integrated Teams, please contact Judith who will be more than happy to help.