We are Trafford Local Care Organisation. We provide your NHS community health and adult social care services in the Borough of Trafford.
What are Local Care Organisations?
Local Care Organisations (LCOs) are public sector partnership organisations that provide NHS community health services and adult social care services. This includes community nursing, community therapy and rehabilitation services, intermediate care, palliative (end of life) care in the community, intermediate care, school nursing, health visiting, social work, reablement (providing short term support in people’s homes) and a wide range of other community based health and social care services.
Around 700 NHS community staff are deployed and work for us as part of the LCO. These include district nurses, health visitors, therapists and a wide range of other professionals. Adult social work staff from Trafford Council are also deployed to us to create a single team that work together.
Working together as one team in Trafford
The aim of Trafford Local Care Organisation is to improve health outcomes for people. We work to support people at home or in the community. Our teams work to prevent people from needing to go in to hospital where possible. We also work to get people back home as soon as possible with the right care in place if they do need to spend time in hospital.
NHS community health and social care staff are working together in teams as part of the LCO to do this and better coordinate people’s care. We work in neighbourhoods that we call ‘areas’ and there are four of those in Trafford – North, South, Central and West. Many of our teams are based in these areas so they can tailor care to the needs of local people. There is international evidence that structuring services around neighbourhoods leads to better health outcomes. We also have services that work right across the borough.
As well as working together to provide day to day health and care services, the LCOs have a role in working with local people, partners and voluntary groups to improve health and wellbeing in the neighbourhoods – working together to identify issues and develop solutions.
How we work
The LCO have a joint leadership team across Trafford and our sister LCO in Manchester (Manchester Local Care Organisation). They are responsible for running community services.
In a typical day in community health services:
- Our District Nurses make 304 daily visits providing essential health care so our population is enabled to manage at home, or come home safely from hospital
- Our Health Visiting service makes 230 contacts everyday with families to provide support for expectant and new mums, Trafford babies and young children
- 16 children and 59 adults experiencing acute or chronic pain, or living with a long term condition are supported each day to function in daily activities by the MSK and Child Therapy services, so they can achieve their full potential and stay healthy
- We care for and treat at least 61 pairs of feet through our community Podiatry service
- Between them, the Child Nursing and Paediatric Medical services make 54 contacts and visits to children across the borough
- We deliver patient-centred programmes of education and self-care to 41 adults across our suite of Rehabilitation services
- 31 people at immediate risk of hospital admission are provided with a rapid health and social care support package by the Community Enhanced Care service
- We help 27 children and adults to express themselves with our Speech and Language Therapy team
And in adult social care:
- Our Adult Social Care Services support around 2400 residents at any one time and 1724 or 72% of these residents are supported in their own home
- We support 64 new requests for support every day and assess 22 new people for social care needs – as well as re-assessing (carrying out a review) for 15 people every day
- We oversee 3076 clients on deprivation of liberty (DOLs)
- We support an average of 8 discharges from hospital per day.