‘Connecting Care Across Cheshire’

NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group and its partners from health and social care across the county have been chosen as one of the 14 national Integrated Care Pioneer sites by the Department of Health.

‘Connecting Care Across Cheshire’ brings us together with Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire East Council, NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning GroupNHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Alison Lee, Chief Officer of NHS West Cheshire CCG, said: “We are delighted with today’s announcement, which reflects the strong partnerships that exist in Cheshire and the shared commitment that we have in making our services the best they can be. This is an exciting development that aims to transform our health and social care services, so they provide more seamless, joined up and effective care for the benefit of our patients.”

All 14 successful Integration Pioneers are showcasing innovative ways of creating change in the health and social care system, which the Government wants to see spread across the country. Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb MP announced the 14 sites today.

In Cheshire, the proposal will join up local health and social services, and plan to focus on older people with long-term conditions and families with complex needs. The joint approach will mean:

  • Reducing the repetition and duplication – “I don’t want to tell people six times’
  • No one falls through the gaps - “We didn’t know who was responsible for what”
  • An end to revolving door syndrome – “Dad was in and out of hospital and care homes more often that he needed to be”
  • Coordinated home visits – “I wanted to be there to support my mum as she is uncomfortable with strangers coming into the house, but it meant I had to take time off work”
  • Discharge from hospital at the right time with the right support – “Dad wanted to come home and we wanted him home, but it took ages”

The Integration Pioneers have been selected by an internationally renowned panel of experts drawing together global expertise and experience of how good joined up care works in practice.

The aim is to make health and social care services work together to provide better support at home and earlier treatment in the community to prevent people needing emergency care in hospital or care homes.

With the number of people with more than one long term condition such as diabetes, asthma or dementia set to rise from 1.9 million in 2008 to 2.9 million in 2018 and increasing pressures on A&E departments, the need to deliver better joined-up care and a more sustainable NHS has never been more urgent.

Norman Lamb MP, Care and Support Minister, said:
“Too often care is uncoordinated, leaving too many people needlessly entering the revolving door of their local A&E again and again, because somewhere in the system their care has broken down.
“We have heard people talk about integration before, but it has never truly taken hold across the NHS. These pioneers are a starting gun for the NHS and social care to achieve a common goal - to get local health and care services working together, not separately, in the interests of the people that they all serve.
“However, this is just the start – we want to make integrated care the norm across the country and planning has already begun in order to invest £3.8bn into integrated health and care services in 2015/16.
“We need to preserve the NHS, and through an integrated approach we can achieve better results for patients and make the money go further, whilst making necessary savings. These fourteen pioneers will test new ways of working for everyone to learn from, and drive forward genuine change for the future.”

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg commented:
“I want to build a fairer society and that means providing better care to people in our hospitals, care homes and their own homes. We need to join up care around people’s lives, not force them to fit their lives around the care they need. The pioneers will champion this joined up approach, sharing their good ideas with doctors and nurses across the country so that we get better care in every area.”
It is intended that learning from this process will be shared nationally, with the aim of making integrated care and support the norm and to end disjointed care within the next five years. The ambition is to help all areas across the country deliver integrated care and support. This will improve experiences and outcomes for people who use care and support services."

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer at NHS England, said:
“We need a health and social care system that is truly seamless so that people receive the right care and support at the right time, in the right place.
“At the same time, services are under intense and growing pressure and to succeed, we need radical transformation. We need to embrace and develop innovative solutions and truly integrated multi-agency working so that local health and social care systems work as a whole to respond to and meet the needs of people who use health and care services.
“Today’s announcement is an important catalyst for this change and a real opportunity to help improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

Date added: 01/11/2013

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