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Developing neighbourhood teams

Developing neighbourhood teams in Barnsley

We are developing community health services in Barnsley. 

We want to build on the work that has taken place already in Barnsley by bringing multi-disciplinary community services together with general practice into something called neighbourhood teams.

The teams will have shared clinical systems, joint leadership and a single point of access for coordinating all community services assessments and referrals.

This will not mean changing the types of, or way, someone receives community health care but it will mean teams will work differently, so that patients and families experience joined up care and are supported and empowered by what feels like ‘one team’, each delivering their part without duplication. 

This work is being carried out by NHS Barnsley CCG, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who provide community health services and Barnsley Healthcare Federation who host the Barnsley primary care network. There are a number of very close links with other health and care services and they will also be helping to develop how neighbourhood teams can continue to link with them in the future.

What are community services?

Community health services cover a wide range of care, from supporting people to manage long-term conditions, to treating those who are seriously ill with complex conditions. It includes things like neighbourhood nursing  and occupational therapy for example.

Most community healthcare takes place in people’s homes or local community clinics. Teams of nurses and therapists coordinate care, working with professions including GPs and social care. Additionally community health provides preventative and health improvement services, often with partners from local government and the voluntary and community sector.

Why are we developing community services?

The NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, states the need for integrated working between providers and commissioners, providing more services out of hospital, more personalised care and a shift in focus to prevention.

Community health services and general practice face multiple challenges – with insufficient staff and capacity to meet the rising patient need and complexity in the future. 

The NHS Long Term Plan refers to a new service model for the 21st century. The first of the five major practical changes it highlights is to boost out-of-hospital care and “finally dissolve the historic divide between primary and community health services.”

In Barnsley we have been working together to develop this as part of a wider partnership, as outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan .

One of the building blocks for integrated working has been the establishment of primary care networks (often referred to as PCNs). There is one primary care network in Barnsley, underpinned by six neighbourhood networks.

Primary care networks will soon have new national contracts to deliver improved health outcomes for their local population.

Now these networks are in place, we are working towards developing neighbourhood teams in Barnsley. The primary care network, together with the six neighbourhood networks, and the way they work with neighbourhood teams, will be a major part of how we deliver improved outcomes for Barnsley people, supporting them to stay well and out of hospital.

How you can get involved?

Getting the right set up for neighbourhood teams is essential. We have been looking at other areas of the country to see what works for them and we have been looking at best practice in our own area. 

We have a draft service specification, which describes the requirements of the neighbourhood team service. 

Over the coming weeks, we want to build on what we've heard so far, and get feedback on how best to develop neighbourhood teams that are right for Barnsley. 

The documents below are available to download, to help inform your feedback.

There are also some face-to-face sessions for anyone to attend. The sessions are an opportunity to find out more, ask any questions and help shape how neighbourhood teams could work in the future.

You can:

Email your feedback to: 

Write to: FREEPOST RTCH-GAZH-TZJH, NHS Barnsley CCG,, Hillder House, 49 – 51 Gawber Road, Barnsley, S75 2PY  

Telephone: Barnsley CCG neighbourhood project team 01226 433770 

Attend a face-to-face session (for flexibility these are drop-in sessions):

Date Time Venue
Tuesday 13 August 12pm-2pm Boardroom, Kendray Hospital, Doncaster Road, S70 3RD
Tuesday 13 August 6pm-8pm Boardroom, Oaks Park Primary Care Centre, Thornton Road, Barnsley, S70 3NE
Wednesday 14 August 12pm-2pm Room 69, Cudworth Centre, Carlton Street, Cudworth, Barnsley, S72 8SU
Thursday 15 August 6pm-8pm The Small Hall, Penistone Community Centre (St John’s), Church Street, Penistone, S36 6AR
Tuesday 20 August 12pm-2pm Room D1-013, The Goldthorpe Centre, Goldthorpe Green, Goldthorpe, S63 9EH
Wednesday 21 August 12.30pm-2.30pm Barnsley Healthy Hearts, The Old Bakery, Rear of 116 Midland Road, Royston, S71 4QT
Thursday 22 August 12pm-2pm First Floor Conference Room, The Hoyland Centre, High Croft, Hoyland , Barnsley S74 9AF


The closing date for feedback is 23 August 2019.

Documents and useful links