I am writing on behalf of [text removed] to request information, under the Freedom of Information Act, about how the Calderdale Health and Social Care Economy site is taking steps to improve continence care for the population your vanguard site covers.
In particular, we would like to request the following information:
1. Does the Vanguard site make specific provision to improve continence care? If so, please provide details.
Calderdale Vanguard is looking at supporting our frail/ elderly; children and young people with complex needs; and people with a long-term condition. The 7 Calderdale Vanguard partners, are in the process of developing priorities for each of these cohorts. As yet, we have not made any particular plans regarding Continence.
2. If no provision has been made to date, will this programme aim to include improved continence care provision within the care model?
It is too early to answer this question, but Continence is not specifically excluded.
3. Has the vanguard site made any of the recommendations made within the ‘Reducing unplanned admissions to hospital as a result of urinary incontinence’ Best Practice Guide? Please provide details.
As above, it is too early to answer this question. However, NHS Calderdale CCG has distributed information on urinary tract infections via its social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) in order to raise awareness of these common infections and promote self-care and prevention.
Example Twitter content:
• Don’t fall foul of a urinary tract infection! Drink 2-3 litres of water daily & go to the loo when you need to: http://bit.ly/1ZoT7pF #NHS
• Urinary tract infections are the 2nd most common in the UK. Stay hydrated and learn more here: http://bit.ly/1uPHC9j #StayWellThisWinter
• Burning/stinging when you go to the loo? Could be a urinary tract infection. A #pharmacist can help with that! http://bit.ly/1TLX9FU #NHS
• Urinary tract infections are very common – #StayWellThisWinter, drink plenty of #water and find out more here: http://bit.ly/1uPHC9j #NHS
Calderdale CCG has undertaken local analysis of Conditions Not Requiring Admission relating to UTIs. This work has identified opportunities to improve the health outcomes and pathways for patients with UTIs. This links to the frailty work being undertaken by the Vanguard and other Calderdale-wide work including Quest for Quality in Care Homes and service improvement initiatives with our secondary care provider. The CCG will be reviewing the recommendations in the best practice guidance and considering how these can be best implemented across Primary Care.