A model that makes the complex simple
Introducing integrated care can feel incredibly difficult. NCS has developed a Parkinson’s care pathway model that breaks things down into small, achievable steps.
An integrated care pathway (ICP) covers primary, secondary, tertiary and social care. It maps which health and social care professionals patients should see, the referral processes between them, and governance arrangements you could use to make things run smoothly.
Our model is made up of two elements:
A complete ICP shows the route a person with Parkinson’s might take through the services and support on offer, and how we helped our pilot site get them into practice. Our interactive pdf helps you easily navigate through the flowcharts and action plans that make up the ICP.
Follow our step-by-step guide to develop an ICP for Parkinson’s in your local area. This material was used in NCS nurse learning sets in 2012, part of the Parkinson’s nurse masterclass course.
Step 1 – Do your research
Step 2 – Identify key stakeholders
Step 3 – Contact key stakeholders
Step 4 – Project planning
Step 5 – Preparation tool with core group
Step 6 – Prepare for action
Step 7 – Hold your stakeholder event
Accompanying resources: steps 1-6
Accompanying resources: step 7
Our pilot site was Norfolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney, an area covering three acute trusts and six clinical commissioning groups. We’re hoping that with such a wide pilot area, the model we have developed will provide a framework transferable to all areas, whatever their size.
A group of 12 local clinicians with neurological expertise from both primary and secondary care steered the work, with Dr Paul Worth, consultant neurologist at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Foundation Trust, acting as project lead. The project group carried out a survey of local people living with Parkinson’s and ran a workshop for around 30 health and social care professionals.
Lundbeck and Teva UK Limited have supported aspects of this project through a partnership agreement to improve and disseminate best practice.
What an ICP can offer
Read a presentation that Charlie Peel, NCS Project Manager, gave at a Parkinson’s nurse masterclass day in October 2012.
Date of preparation: January 2013