NHS Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (BaNES CCG) and Bath & North East Somerset Council have announced the launch of your care, your way; a joint review of community health and social care services in B&NES.
A formal launch event will be held at the Bath Assembly Rooms on Thursday 29th January with over 180 people attending to find out more about the project and how they can get involved.
Recent pressures on A&E departments in Bath and across the UK have highlighted the importance of health and social care services that work together to support older patients to come home from hospital as soon as possible and help them to live healthier and more independent lives in their own homes.
Community services also include a wide range of “cradle to grave” services including health visitors for new mums, speech and language therapy for young children, specialist nurses for long term conditions like diabetes or heart failure and palliative care at the end of life.
Dr Ian Orpen, a local GP and Clinical Chair of BaNES CCG said:
“All of us will come into contact with community services at some point in our lives and many people rely on community services more frequently for the care and support that enables them to continue living independently in their own homes.
“Here in B&NES, NHS-funded health services already work very closely with Council-funded social care services but there is always more we can do to provide better quality care and make things more joined up. Your Care, Your Way is all about finding ways to break down boundaries between GPs and hospitals, between physical and mental health and between health and social care so that people don’t have to navigate through these complex systems on their own.”
Cllr Simon Allen, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing at Bath & North East Somerset Council said:
“Over the coming months, the CCG and the Council want to hear ideas from local people and providers of community services about how we can make it easier for people to access the care they need, in the right place, at the right time without having to repeat their story to the different people involved in providing their care.
“We want people to share their experiences of community services with us so that we can use their ideas to help shape the way these services look in the future. The launch event on the 29th January is the first chance for people to get involved but we will also be talking to groups right across Bath and North East Somerset over the coming months so everyone will have a chance to share their views.”