Trinity’s Team Around the Patient pilot will extend its current area of south Kensington & Chelsea into Trinity’s catchment area in south Westminster from today.

The expansion of the pilot location will further test the model and help the team understand whether the Team Around the Patient (TAP) approach offers better patient outcomes and/or will ensure Trinity can reach more patients in the future.

The TAP pilot was launched in October 2018 and set out to test a model which would transform how Trinity’s patients receive care at home. The model aims to deliver a simpler, more seamless experience of care for patients receiving specialist palliative care at home, thanks to a single interdisciplinary team sharing a caseload. This is in contrast to the more traditional model of a clinical nurse specialist managing their own caseload and referring patients internally for additional specialist support.

The extension should nearly double the size of the TAP shared caseload, which will further test the capacity of the team to improve patient outcomes and support more patients as demand increases.

If successful, the piloted approach could help to future-proof Trinity’s community services as it responds to the growth and change in demand from patients requiring specialist palliative and end of life care at home.

Last year, Trinity cared for 2,100 patients in their own homes, which is where most people want to be. This accounts for 80% of the total number of patients Trinity sees each year. The TAP project brings together professionals (clinical nurse specialists, a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, social worker/counsellor, care coordinators and palliative care assistants, with medical support) to operate a single shared caseload. The aim is not only to drive efficiency and quality but also to offer patients and their carers a more seamless experience of care.

In 2018, Trinity’s board of trustees identified three strategic intentions for the organisation over the next three years, one of which was to develop and invest in community services in order to reach more people and respond to growing demand. The TAP project is being piloted as a response to this strategic priority.

To ensure the project’s external evaluators can effectively assess the impact of the extension into south Westminster in their formal evaluation, TAP will now continue until the end of November 2019.

For more information, please contact Helen Brewerton, Head of Community Services by email or phone 020 7787 1017.

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