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Integrated Multidisciplinary Teams

Members of an IMT team.

The District Nurse Service is now referred to as Integrated Multi-Disciplinary Teams (IMT) and provides nursing assessment and treatment to patients who are unable to leave their home (permanently or temporarily housebound due to ill health). The IMTs deliver a wide range of nursing interventions to people in their own homes and plays a key role in supporting independence, managing long term conditions and preventing and treating acute illnesses. The services are required for many reasons, but are commonly needed by adults with a disability, older adults living with frailty and long term conditions and those who are near the end of their life.

The IMTs bring together the following services:

·         Community Nursing service

·         Community Physiotherapists

·         Community Occupational Therapists

Teams work closely with primary care, social work, geriatricians’ third sector organisations and other support services and specialists.

Services are provided to patients over the age of 17 years old and who are registered with a Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, including those living in residential care homes.

Where are we based?

The service covers Birmingham and currently has 36 teams which you can view by clicking here.

Each team is led by an appropriately qualified District Nurse Team Leader and consists of nurses with a broad range of skills and knowledge, health care assistants and administrators.

The teams provide 24 hour cover and are available 365 days of the year.

What do we do?

The IMTs carry out the following functions:-

·         Assessment

·         Dressings and wound care

·         Leg ulcerations and tissue viability (including aftercare of surgical wounds)

·         Continence assessment

·         Catheter care

·         Phlebotomy

·         Stoma care

·         Medication and prescribing

·         Administration of medicines

·         Central venous access devices and IV therapy

·         Safeguarding

Clinical Case Managers

The service Clinical Case Manager (CCM) Service is being reviewed at present with the existing CCM being integrated into Early Intervention Community Teams.

All patients under the care of a CCM have been contacted and informed of how to access support through Early Intervention Community Teams.

For any further queries please contact Early Intervention Community teams via the Adult Community Service Single point of Access 0300 555 1919, option 2.

Community Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists

The Community Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists, work in partnership with other members of the IMTs, and are responsible for assessment, prevention, treatment and care of patients, working with patients in their own homes or place of residence. The aim is to support people to attain the maximum mobility in order to remain in their own homes, including care homes, as far as possible. Patients with a wide range of conditions will receive the service. These include the following:

·         Mobility/manual handling issues

·         Pain

·         Musculoskeletal problems

·         Patients who have fallen/at risk of falls

·         Palliative care

·         Neurological conditions

·         Respiratory conditions

·         Intermediate care

·         Appropriate referrals to social care services

Referral Route

Referrals will be made from a number of sources for a District Nursing assessment.

Patients and carers who are known to the service may at times re-refer themselves directly to the IMT.

GPs will be able to refer patients to the IMT service in one of three ways:

1) By telephone call to the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 555 1919, Option 1.

2) By return of a completed form (supplied by BCHC to all practices for the purpose) as an attachment to an email sent to SPA

3) By faxing to SPA a completed copy of the form supplied by BCHC to all practices for the purpose.

Following referral, patients will be contacted to arrange an appointment.

Contact Us

Referral to the integrated multidisciplinary teams is  through our single point of access:

Option 1

0300 555 1919

For non-urgent or complex referrals please complete the referral form. Download a copy by clicking  here.

Click here for details about the IMT Evening Service.

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