Board discusses better care for Nottingham people

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Plans to reshape health and social care services across Nottinghamshire will be presented at Nottinghamshire County Council Health and Wellbeing Board today.

The vision is to create better, more joined-up services for local people which improve their health and independence but also deal with the pressures that currently exist, such as the high numbers of people attending and emergency.

Organisations including Nottinghamshire County Council, local hospital trusts and all the clinical commissioning groups have been working together to agree a plan for delivering the change.

There will be a countywide plan with locally tailored schemes covering south Nottinghamshire, mid Nottinghamshire (Mansfield, Ashfield and Newark & Sherwood) and Bassetlaw.

Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “We are at the beginning of a journey to transform the way health and social care services are delivered in Nottinghamshire.

“I was part of an incredibly positive meeting in early December involving the key players from health and social care organisations in Nottinghamshire. The enthusiasm and commitment we had from all agencies was fantastic.

“Our social care staff are already working with health in teams based around GP surgeries to focus their efforts on those people who are most at risk of going into hospital or a care home. The teams put in place a range of services to help keep them at home or provide better care once people leave hospital.

“One idea includes extending pilot schemes where people with planned operations are assessed by multi-disciplinary teams in advance of their procedure instead of afterwards, as was previously done. This means that any support, such as home care or equipment, can be in place in their home and they can be discharged more quickly from hospital.

“As a politician, I promised the group that we would stand shoulder to shoulder on this journey and that we would support each other to make the changes needed in our local services. The work will be challenging but I believe that our efforts will ultimately lead to better health and social care services for local people.”

Dr Mark Jefford, Newark GP and clinical lead for Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “It is vital that the public can appreciate the challenges facing health and social care in the future. We have to act now to safeguard services for the future. This investment will help us realise our vision to deliver more joined up care that it fit for future populations.”

The plans include:Introducing seven day health and social care services, including seven day access to GPs, to enable people to leave hospital when medically fit and to avoid hospital admissions;

Mobilising multi-disciplinary teams (health, social care, mental health and rehabilitation workers) with specialist knowledge of conditions including diabetes or heart failure; protecting / maintaining essential social care services during the current economic climate; sharing data across health and social care services.