New model for care in Borders now under discussion

Coldstream Community Centre
Coldstream Community Centre

A new model of home care is being considered for the Borders, and a presentation of the Netherlands-based programme will be made in Coldstream next week.

The model is known as Buurtzorg, which translates as neighbourhood care, and it’s led by community nurses working with other professionals and the community.

The Buurtzorg district nurse-led system has proved to be effective both financially and in respect of patient care and is being looked at by other countries including the UK.

Prior to Buurtzorg, home care services in Holland were fragmented, with patients being cared for by multiple practitioners and providers.

Now, nurses lead the assessment, planning and coordination of patient care with one another.

Self-managing teams of up to 12 professionals co-ordinate care for a catchment area typically consisting of between 40 to 60 patients.

On Thursday, September 29, a Buurtzorg nurse will share her experience at Coldstream Community Centre from 10am to 4pm.

To book a place, email kirsten.austin@borders.scot.nhs.uk or phone 01896 828220.