Whangarei Primary and Community Nursing Model of Care

During 2015/2016, consultation occurred with primary and secondary healthcare nurses and consumers about the future model of nursing in the community. As a consequence a new model emerged which has recently been sanctioned as one of the components of the Neighbourhood Healthcare Homes change process. In 2017, the new model will commence in Whangarei as the first ‘tranche’ and rolled out to the rest of Northland over the next few years.

    Some of the changes include:
  • Nurses working in named teams connected to general practices
  • Nurse navigator to assist the transition of care between hospital and community services
  • Patient-centred care planning
  • Electronic messaging and referrals from general practice
  • Shared education and case review to strengthen and develop collaborative relationships and team work

Changes will benefit the patient by avoiding delays, enabling early care and improving communication between the patient and their care team.

Implementation of the new nursing model commenced this year with the appointment of a Nurse Navigator role. The start of this role coincided with the roll-out of the patient-centred care-plan tool ‘Whanau Tahi’ which will enable stronger connectivity between members of the patient’s care team.

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