Stephen Lloyd, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon has visited the integrated community team of District Nurses and Adult Social Care at St Mary’s House in Eastbourne, to find out more about the work they do to support around 1,500 local people each month.
Since April, the Trust’s District Nursing Team of around 70 staff have been working from the same office at St Mary’s House in Eastbourne as 22 Adult Social Care, Neighbourhood Support Team colleagues from East Sussex County Council. Integrating the teams together in one place is helping to improve information sharing and reducing duplication of work, enabling them to focus on delivering high quality care.
Stephen Lloyd MP said: “It was really interesting to visit the joint teams of District Nurses and Adult Social Care at St Mary’s House in Eastbourne. The work both do in our community is just brilliant – the nurses and the social workers. I am full of admiration. Seeing both teams, nurses and social care, and hearing from their respective operation managers as well as frontline staff, to how well they’re working together was really enlightening. Thank you for all the fine caring work you do across our town and the positive impact you have on so many people in the community.”
Indea Cadman-Rivers, Service Manager said: “It was great for the teams to welcome the local MP, Stephen Lloyd, to meet staff working in this new way. As more people require long term support from the NHS and social care services, services need to adapt and make sure they are provided in a joined up way.”
Sharon Leaver, Operation Manager for Eastbourne Neighbourhood Support team said: “Research has shown that locating teams together in one place offers greater support for joint, partnership working. This new, joint approach will lead to better outcomes for local people. Through sharing an office, the team are working towards delivering a more connected and appropriate care and support service.”