Plan for more integrated working

Published Monday, 24th February 2014
Older person and carer
An older person and carer

The Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are making sure health and social care is put in the hands of local people through delivery of the Better Care Fund.

The fund does not offer any new money, but uses existing funds which are being pooled between the Council and the CCG to ensure better, more focused joint working.

The Rotherham Better Care Fund plan, agreed at the Health and Wellbeing Board meeting in February, will mean that Rotherham people will have more opportunity to get help earlier to stay healthy and retain more of their independence, have higher aspirations for their health and wellbeing, have more opportunities to choose the best care which suits this personal circumstances, and manage their long-term conditions to ensure they enjoy the best quality of life.

The plan has been agreed jointly between commissioners after taking on board feedback and experiences of patients, service users, carers and providers. It includes a statement of intent to reshape the way services are currently provided.

Using what people have said, such as only wanting to tell their story once, and having greater control over their care, a number of schemes will be delivered which help to achieve these positive outcomes.

The schemes include: 

*       A greater focus on prevention and early intervention in relation to mental health and falls. 

*       A rapid response team to help reduce hospital admissions 

*       More seven-day services to support discharge from hospitals and avoid delays 

*       A social prescribing service which provides more care and support in the community 

*       A commitment to giving personal budgets to as many people as possible 

*       Better self-care and self-management support for people to manage their conditions 

*       Person-centred services and data sharing, which improves experiences of service users and patients 

Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Cllr Ken Wyatt, said: "The creation of the Better Care Fund provides a platform for more integrated working, and an opportunity to free up resources in the NHS, to support better care in the community. However, I want to make clear this is not new money.

"Good relationships in Rotherham between partner organisations have been vital to produce a viable plan and comply with national guidance, and it will be important that the plan is progressed in the true spirit of co-production.

"This plan has been developed in an extremely tight timescale, and there is still a lot to do and more detail to be worked up - however this gives us the foundations for the future, and I would like to thank all those involved."

Chris Edwards, Chief Officer at NHS Rotherham CCG, said: "We believe the action plan we have agreed with the Council will help us to provide more integrated services for Rotherham patients."