|Title:||Sláintecare Integrated Fund 159 Project:Development of an End to End Respiratory Model in two Community Healthcare Networks- The Clinician’s Perspective|
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|Abstract:||Development of an End to End Respiratory Model in two community healthcare networks is aligned to strategic actions three and four in the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy 20181. To date respiratory services have generally been delivered in acute secondary care. This project looked at the development of a community based respiratory team across two sites – Northeast Wicklow and Longford/Westmeath.|
Disciplines included in the team were: Clinical Nurse Specialist Respiratory, Senior Physiotherapists x2WTE, Senior Respiratory Physiologist and a Smoking Cessation Officer. The team was governed clinically by the local acute hospital respiratory consultant and the NCP Respiratory.
At the end of the project a questionnaire was distributed to each team member to obtain their feedback on the project.
Highlights of the project were:
• Successful implementation of the community based respiratory team
• Positive patient feedback about attending respiratory services in primary care
• Improved service delivery for respiratory patients with increased accessibility to respiratory services
• Team approach and collaborative working to provide an array of community respiratory resources for respiratory patients
Challenges to the project as reported by the team included:
• Difficulty sourcing accommodation
• Some services had to be modified to an online platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic
• All team meetings initially were virtual which meant that team members were unable to meet face to face
Overall this project overcame all challenges to successfully implement the End to End Respiratory Model in two community sites embracing the Sláintecare ethos of bringing high quality integrated care closer to the patient’s home.