Design and Learning Centre welcomes NHS England’s Director of New Care Models
Posted on 30/01/17
The Design and Learning Centre played host to some very important delegates last week, updating them about the work the centre is doing, using innovative technologies, to improve levels of social care in the county.
The DLC, based in Innovation House, and backed by the NHS and Kent County Council, aims to make out-of-hospital care safer for both the patients and the medical staff.
Several projects being worked on include New Models of Care, which was the primary focus of NHS England’s Director of New Care Models, Samantha Jones, who was the special guest at the event held on Monday, 23 January.
Robert Stewart, Clinical Design Director at the Design and Learning Centre kicked off the day by overviewing the centre, describing the objectives of the project, focussing on product overview, methodology and the various funding and resources the centre has received.
He then introduced Anna Carlbom, coordinator of ESTHER; a new model of care which has been implemented from Sweden.
ESTHER integrates health and social care teams with the goal of meeting the priorities of those with social care needs, for example, residents of care homes, elderly and vulnerable patients.
The model encourages staff to work closely with ESTHER to recognise possibilities to make improvements.
The focus then switched to further projects the Design and Learning Centre is focussing on, including Buutzorg, a model of care developed from the Netherlands which changes the way health and social care teams give the care patients need.
Robert Stewart, Clinical Design Director at the Design and Learning Centre, said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome NHS England’s Director of New Models of Care, Samantha Jones, to showcase what we do here at Discovery Park.
“Discovery Park provides us with an exciting, physical innovation space whilst being able to promote virtual working and networking with our partners.
“The focus of our work is to reduce frailty, develop safe, new services and transform health and social care workforce by promoting independence and self-care through technology.”
The Design and Learning Centre is working on a range of products that can be scaled up nationally, locally and internationally.
To find out more about the centre, click here.