A new service was established in 2011 to manage Home Oxygen across Grampian. The multi-professional team provides all home oxygen (except for paediatric and cluster headache) based on a clinical need and risk management approach, and liaises with secondary and primary care. The revised service has demonstrated monthly cost improvements of £15 – 20k per month.
This new and exciting initiative, based in North West Wales, explores the effectiveness of Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners (APP) in clinically assessing patients with musculoskeletal problems as an alternative to the General Practitioner in primary care.
The pilot saw 84% of their patients successfully managed within primary care by the APP and demonstrated potential cost savings.