Dr Clive Cole, GP Partner at The Hereward Practice in Bourne said:
'We wanted to give each care home in the PCN a Macmillan rose to say thank you for all the hard work the staff have put in alongside our care home team over the past two years and throughout COVID.
'Four Counties is only a small PCN with limited resources, but we have a great team and have put a lot of effort into meeting the NHS care home requirements. We couldn't do this without support of the care home staff, patients, family, supporting agencies etc.
'I think we have embraced the ethos of personalised care with a focus on palliative and supportive assessments, with care planning around the needs and choices of the patient; putting the person before the "condition."'
'We really do appreciate the time it takes to assess, review, and create care plans for our patients, to gather all the information for the multi-disciplinary case reviews, and that all of this has been a new, more collaborative way of working ensuring a holistic approach. The Macmillan Rose seemed to be an appropriate way to say thank you.
'We are hoping to arrange a get together with all the care home leaders to review what we are doing and how we can build on the successes that we have seen: reduced hospital admissions, reduced stays in hospital, reduction in falls, reduction in over prescribing, personalised care plans, and continuity of care.'
Care Coordinator Erika Barnett helped with the planting. She said:
'It is a privilege for us to work with the care home teams and their residents and this is a way of thanking them for the positive relationship we enjoy. It was great to be welcomed to the sites and the residents also enjoyed the company of Dr Cole's dog, Odie, who accompanied the team where possible and played ball at each care home, much to the residents' amusement!'
Neets Lyons, Personalised Care Lead said:
'It's been a privilege to work alongside colleagues of the PCN team and all staff and residents in all our local care homes, it has also been an absolute pleasure getting to know our residents and listen to the stories they are so happy to share.'