Integrated Model of Care for N&M

Development of a Community Nursing and Midwifery Response to an Integrated Model of Care

The Minister for Health approved the Draft Policy for a Community Nursing and Midwifery Response to an Integrated Model of Care on 27 March. The model of care proposed is one that offers the individual, family and community a range of choices. The policy proposes to meet service users choices and needs as close to home as possible, improve hospital avoidance and patient flow, and ensure timely access to services and early discharge.

The draft policy proposes a framework to:

  • Present a model and pathway of care built on a vision of providing people with choices about where care can be delivered. The model proposed has a strong focus on care in the home and community as a first point of contact.
  • Offer the option of utilising the primary health care centre as that first point of nursing and midwifery contact.
  • Promote a proactive model of care that is both integrated and interdisciplinary allowing the patient to transit seamlessly between acute and community services.

A Steering Group has been established chaired by DCNO Dr Susan Kent and its membership reflects a broad range of stakeholders.

Read the Draft policy on Development of a Community Nursing and Midwifery Response to an Integrated Model of Care here

Read the speech by Minister Harris at the Launch of this Draft Policy Paper here