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Castleman Annual Report 2022 is published
Following the Castleman Healthcare AGM, we have published our 2022 Annual Report to update our member practices on what we have collectively achieved over the past 12 months.
This outlines our main achievements and our plans, as we embark on the next stage of our journey together.
Castleman Healthcare working with Dorset General Practice Alliance
Castleman is delighted to be supporting the development of the Dorset General Practice Alliance with programme management and business support since July 2022 and we are looking forward to continuing this support in 2023/24.
The Dorset General Practice Alliance is a collaborative group representing all general practices aligned to Primary Care Networks in Dorset. The Alliance is working to ensure the voice of general practice is fully represented within the new Dorset Integrated Care Systems (ICS) structure, at system, place and neighbourhood levels.
Castleman Acute Respiratory Illness Hub (ARIA) January to March 2023
Earlier this year NHS England and NHS Dorset funded the establishment of short term Acute Respiratory Illness Assessment (ARIA) hubs to help manage general practice pressures, including the rise in Strep A prevalence.
These hubs operated outside of typical GP hours and were set up so that people with respiratory conditions could receive the treatment they needed without having to go to A&E. Castleman Healthcare piloted an ARIA hub until the end of March for our 13 practices at St Leonards Community Hospital in Ringwood. We couldn't have done this without Dorset Healthcare and we were very fortunate to have their support in providing this site for our respiratory services.
Conditions treated at the ARIA hubs:
Acute cough, acute pharyngitis, bronchiolitis, bronchitis, common cold, infective or non-infective exacerbation of asthma, infective or non-infective exacerbation of COPD, laryngitis, lower respiratory tract infections, respiratory syncytial virus, rhinitis, sinusitis, tonsillopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infections and whooping cough.
Castleman Healthcare launched its hub at the beginning of January and ran until the end of March with the service operating from 9:15 to 13:15 Monday through to Saturday.
Castleman Healthcare hopes to be able to run the service again pending funding during the coming winter 2023/2024.
Castleman Healthcare is proud to support the Armed Forces Covenant
Our Armed Forces fulfil a responsibility on behalf of the Government for the people of the UK, sacrificing some civilian freedoms, facing danger and, sometimes, suffering serious injury or death as a result of their duty. Families also play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of our Armed Forces. In return, the whole nation has a moral obligation to the members of the Naval Service, the Army and the Royal Air Force, together with their families. They deserve our respect and support, and fair treatment.
Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services. Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.
For this reason, Castleman Healthcare Ltd. has pledged its support to the Armed Forces Covenant. This obligation involves the whole of society: it includes voluntary and charitable bodies, private organisations, and the actions of individuals in supporting the Armed Forces. Recognising those who have performed military duty unites the country and demonstrates the value of their contribution.
Pathway to net zero
Castleman Healthcare is now signed to up the HM Government SME Climate Hub to help us focus on the steps we need to take to make a meaningful contribution to reduce climate change.
This membership will provide us with access to tools and resources to help us plan and track our net zero journey. It will also enable us to network with other SMEs so we can share ideas and good practice.
Working with businesses in Dorset
Castleman Healthcare is a member of the Dorset Chamber of Commerce which provides us with an opportunity to work closely with local businesses in the area.
What do Social Prescribers do?
Check out our new leaflet.
Every practice has access to a social prescriber who is trained to listen and signpost patients to organisations, support groups and local activities to help with non-medical factors affecting their health and wellbeing. These can include isolation and loneliness, stress at work, housing or money worries and more besides.
GPs, healthcare professionals or reception staff can all refer a patient to a social prescriber, or patients can self-refer. The service is free and open to anyone over 13 years.
Sept 2020: Counsellors transforming lives across Poole and Dorset
Being a teenager has never been straightforward but in the 21st century it is probably more challenging than ever before.
Yes, there are the pressures that have always been there – friendship groups, exams, family battles and so on. But throw some more contemporary flames onto that fire – on-line bullying, negative body imaging, exposure to unhealthy social media – and you appreciate the potential impact to health and wellbeing for young people trying to negotiate that hazardous path from childhood to adulthood.
Which is why it is important, critical even, that teenagers have someone to talk to, someone to confide in, someone from outside of their immediate social and family circle to share things with.
Someone trained to listen.
And it’s why Castleman Healthcare are so proud of the impact their two teenage counsellors have had in helping address the needs of so many teenagers across Poole North and East Dorset.
Read more about how the Teenage Counsellors support the PCNs.