Midlands Health Network Pinnacle is our Primary Health Organisation. Their mission is to support the sustainability and further development of leading edge primary care services, resulting in the best outcomes for patients. One part of Pinnacle’s initiatives in innovation related to primary care is the Pinnacle Extended Care Team. They consist of a group of multi-skilled providers, such as a social worker, pharmacists, Kaiārahi (peer support worker), Kaiāwhina (Community health worker), exercise consultants, nurses, and a dietician.
The extended care team integrates with Pihanga Health’s clinical team to provide wrap around care for our highest needs patients registered at our practice. Each fortnight the Extended Care Team meets to coordinate care so our patients can benefit. They approach health from a perspective of what does the patient want to do and how do we support the patient.