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Our Doncaster service recently hosted the new NHS Chairman Lord David Prior to explore how health and social care services are working together to improve the wellbeing of people in the area, in partnership with Primary Care Doncaster.

The event celebrated the work of the Doncaster Complex Lives Alliance, a ground breaking operation involving a range of partners including NHS, Doncaster Council and of course, Changing Lives.

The alliance works with people with a variety of complex issues such as homelessness, rough sleeping, addiction and offending.

One of the latest additions is the introduction of a new GP and nurse drop in session at Changing Lives, providing people who can find it difficult to access mainstream services, access to vital primary care facilities.

Stephen Bell, CEO of Changing Lives said: “The new sessions provide services where people need them most. We recognised the health inequalities amongst many of the people we support, and much of this is to do with access.

“Approaching health care in a holistic way and through agencies working more collaboratively, we will be able to deliver a more comprehensive level of care to those living with complex and multiple needs.”

This discussion forms part of a wider strategy, set out in the NHS Long Term Plan which confirms the need to focus on providing services in a collaborative way, along with a key commitment to focus on severe mental health problems.

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