Congratulations to Jemma Bradley, from Lakeside Stamford, who has just been appointed Regional Mentor for Care Co-ordinators, supporting those who deliver 'wrap around' healthcare, particularly for the frail and elderly in the region.
Care Co-ordinators are a newly created role in Primary Care Networks. They liaise with patients, assess their needs and provide a link between GPs, hospitals, local agencies and social services to ensure that the most appropriate and joined up care is given. The role of Regional Mentor is new one being piloted by NHS England and Jemma's appointment will run until next March.
Jemma, a nurse, who has been a Practice Care Co-ordinator for two and a half years, said: 'I have many years' experience in both hospitals and the community. Practice Care Co-ordinators help to provide seamless care across the board. We work mainly with those aged 65 and above, supporting them at home, referring to other agencies and managing transfer to, and discharge from, hospitals if necessary. As Care Co-ordinator roles are relatively new it is about mentoring, supporting and establishing effective methods of working to benefit patients and the community. It is really good, not only from a personal point of view, but also to develop networking and relationships between PCNs.'
Alex Warwick, PCN Operations Delivery Officer, said: 'Jemma has really led the way and works incredibly hard to co-ordinate the care of the frail and vulnerable in Stamford. She will now go on to support new PCN roles such as Care Co-ordinators across our region. This is excellent, not only for Jemma, but for our future Four Counties Care Co-ordinators, and the network of Lakeside PCNs.'