SERVICE DESIGN: South Tyneside CCG has launched an “Improving Care” scheme for patients with respiratory problems in a bid to “deliver care in a different way to more vulnerable groups of patients in South Tyneside.”

The CCG has launched the scheme in response to activity rates for non elective surgery which it warns are “over plan and over budget” with the greatest financial risk in the specialities of General Surgery, Cardiology and Respiratory Medicine.

According to the scheme business case general practices have “little influence” over non elective general surgical activity.

“Many admissions for Ambulatory Sensitive Care Conditions could be avoided if appropriate prevention was in place and better coordination between primary and community teams was in place.”