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Community Response Teams

We currently provide three Community Response Teams to local communities.  These include a service in the City of York (which also provides some services in Easingwold), one coving Ryedale and one in Selby and District.

The City of York service was developed by bringing together the existing Fast Response and Intermediate Care Teams.  These teams (made up of nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and generic support workers) are able to support people to achieve short term goals to maximise their independence.  This can be to help prevent an admission to hospital or to support an earlier return home following a hospital stay.

The Ryedale and Selby services are similar but were launched more recently (in February 2015).  They were developed, and are run, jointly with North Yorkshire County Council.  The team includes social care assessment and reablement staff and is able to provide a more comprehensive service.

The teams all work from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week – including bank holidays.  They develop individual care plans with people they are supporting and their carers.  They are able to provide intense support over a short period and work closely with other teams in the community (such as GPs, District Nurses, Care providers and community and voluntary organisations) to ensure that long term needs are identified and met.

The Ryedale team also works with the Coast and Vale Community Action to provide a Community Enabler role.  Through this, we are able to connect individuals to community and voluntary sector organisations in their local area such as activity clubs or befriending services.

Community Response Teams are made up of nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and support workers.

Pictured above is the Ryedale Team.


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