Hospital management changes 'will promote joined-up care'

CHANGES to the management structure of community hospitals across North Devon will see the region s current four hospital matrons reduced to two and the creation of two new roles of Complex Discharge Co-ordinators. One community hospital Matron and one Co

CHANGES to the management structure of community hospitals across North Devon will see the region's current four hospital matrons reduced to two and the creation of two new roles of Complex Discharge Co-ordinators.

One community hospital Matron and one Complex Discharge Co-ordinator will cover the Bideford, Holsworthy and Torrington area. Another Matron and Complex Discharge Co-ordinator will look after Ilfracombe, South Molton and Lynton.

This, says the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, will help promote joined-up care.

A statement from the trust explained: "Community hospitals across northern Devon are to benefit from a new management structure which combines the strengths of the traditional community hospital matron role with new posts to ensure that patients have the right support in place to go home or into care.


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"The new structure, which will be introduced on April 1, will help Northern Devon Healthcare Trust to provide a smoother, more responsive service to patients moving from acute to community care and onwards to care at home.

"Under the changes, the four current community hospital Matron posts are to evolve into two community hospital Matron roles and two Complex Discharge Co-ordinator roles. All four positions have been filled by the existing members of staff, meaning that patients will still see familiar faces in the senior roles covering the community hospitals."

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Jo Gibbs, Director of Operations, said: 'We've consulted with staff and designed a structure which couples the strengths of the conventional matron role with the latest models for delivering more individualised, integrated patient care - particularly for those with chronic or complex health problems. The new complex discharge co-ordinator roles will ensure that a personalised package of nursing, therapy and social support is quickly put in place so that patients can recover at home as soon as they are ready - and that's much better for the patient."

Rachel Hooper, community hospital matron for Bideford, Holsworthy and Torrington, said: "This is a new way of working and I'm looking forward to taking on the challenge.

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