Dutch model helps Kent nurses change the face of community care in Ashford area

Contributed by editor on Dec 31, 2019 - 02:00 PM

The Charing, Ashford team


The latest team working under the principles of Buurtzorg, an innovative nurse-led model of care, is now under way in Charing, near Ashford.

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To mark the achievement, the team will host a small celebration event next year, enabling stakeholders to meet our self-managing colleagues and find out more about what they do and how they do it.

Local Care Assistant Practitioner Paula Theobald, from the team, said: “It certainly has been a learning curve for our team and the trust. The learning has led to such positive feedback from our patients.

“We are lucky enough to be able to care for fabulous patients.

“We have all felt great satisfaction, for example discharging patients after their wounds have healed and following that, patients making a full recovery, to be able to lead independent happy lives.’’

TICC is a four-year project to change the face of community care, guided by the principles Buurtzorg, which is an exciting, innovative nurse-led model of care that revolutionised community care in the Netherlands.

The team is the second to begin working within Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, thanks to the EU Interreg 2seas-funded Transforming Integrated Care in the Community programme (TICC).

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, working with Kent County Council and Medway Community Healthcare (MCH) was granted European funding to trial this model in the UK.

The UK is one of three countries, alongside France and Belgium, taking part. Charing is our second pilot project, following the launch of the Eden Team in Edenbridge.


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