Transforming local health and social care services in 2016/17
Date Added: 20/04/2016
Health and social care leaders in Central Bedfordshire have set out plans to use a £20.5million fund to address key challenges of reducing unplanned hospital admissions whilst also improving the health and care experience of local people.
Priorities for spending under the Better Care Fund were discussed at the recent Health and Wellbeing Board, which brings together local organisations such as Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire.
The Better Care Fund Plan sets out how Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group will use the fund to provide integrated or joined-up health and social care services that help people stay healthy and independent, and which reduce the need for urgent or unplanned hospital care.
The Health and Wellbeing Board agreed that the Better Care Fund will focus on three key areas in 2016/17:
Out-of-hospital care – developing teams of health and social care professionals to jointly assess people’s needs and provide care for those at risk of emergency hospital admission.
Prevention – working together to help people to better manage their long-term conditions and when required, use disabled facilities grants and adaptations to enable people to remain independent and in their own homes.
Protecting social services – meeting people’s needs and helping them to maintain their independence through an improved network of community based support.
Cllr Maurice Jones, Executive Member for Health at Central Bedfordshire Council and Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “These three schemes will help transform how local health and social care services work together and will mean that people get the right care and support at the right time and in a place that’s right for them.
“The Better Care Fund is an opportunity for real change, which is why we’re investing money to support people to live well in their communities and hopefully prevent them from needing lengthy hospital stays or costly health or social care services later down the line.”