Joining up Care
The local health and care system is committed to supporting people to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives. At a time when demand is rising faster than resources, positive change is needed to protect and enhance local services.
Cheshire West health and care partners have a good track record of integration. In many ways, the move towards increasingly integrated care represents the next phase of the journey to deliver a better collective offer to patients and service users. There are excellent examples of joint commissioning, integrated neighbourhood teams, greater collaboration around hospital discharge, a single care record, and pooled resources through the Better Care Fund.
Nevertheless, further scale and pace is required to build on these achievements and meet the challenges of the future. Examples of fragmented care remain which are detrimental to outcomes for residents and do not represent the best use of scarce resources.
What is integrated care?
Truly integrated care is about bringing health and social care together. For the local NHS and Cheshire West and Chester Council it represents the evolution of our work over recent years.
By joining up services which are currently provided separately, we can make better patient decisions by pooling experience, expertise and resources.
By focusing on preventing ill-health and unnecessary hospital admissions we can ensure local services are sustainable for the future.
Integrated care provides the opportunity for us to go further and faster to organise services in a more joined-up way and create a more efficient system which enables local people to access high-quality care when they need it.
The local NHS and Cheshire West and Chester Council is committed to developing a joined-up health and care system that is safe, affordable and, most importantly, meets the needs of the people of Cheshire West.
We know local people are passionate about NHS and care services – we are too. At a time when demand is rising faster than budgets, we need to do more to protect and improve local services. Continuing with more of the same is not an option – a different approach is required.
In Cheshire West we have a strong track record of working together but we know we can do even better to deliver long-term changes that are backed by investment. Our plans to further join up care in Cheshire West have been carefully thought through, led by clinicians and frontline staff and shaped by the experiences of local people.
Joining up health and care will help the people of Cheshire West live longer, healthier lives at home, or in a homely setting. Patients will be at the centre of all decisions and will receive higher standards of quality and safety.
To read more about the case for change and how the ICP will make a difference click here