Ambitious plans for changing the way that health and care services are provided in local communities will come under scrutiny next week as the Council Cabinet and CCG Board in Bath and North East Somerset meet to discuss next steps.
An Outline Business Case has been prepared following ten months of engagement with local people and service providers to identify how NHS and Council funded services can work more collaboratively.
The need for a more joined up approach has been emphasised by the Government’s Spending Review with Chancellor, George Osborne, setting out his priorities for the funding of public services over the next five years.
Through their your care, your way review, the Council and the CCG plan to deliver a wider range of prevention and support services in the community, coordinated around local GP practices. The Council and the CCG believe that providing timely support closer to home will empower people to manage their health and wellbeing more effectively and reduce the number of people going to hospital for treatment.
Dr Ian Orpen, a local GP and Clinical Chair of BaNES CCG said:
“The CCG and the Council are facing an unprecedented challenge. We want to maintain high quality community health and care services for the local population but this is very difficult to do when the demand for services is increasing rapidly and our funding is severely restricted.
“Even with the additional NHS funding announced by the Government, we cannot afford to continue with ‘business as usual’. Your care, your way is about encouraging health and care services to work together in a more coordinated and cost effective way so that we can support local people to live healthier and more independent lives.
“Health and care services are very good at caring for people when things go wrong but in the future we will need a greater focus on giving people the support they need to manage their health and wellbeing more effectively.”
Cllr Vic Pritchard, Bath & North East Somerset Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Health, said:
“The Council will be carefully considering all aspects of the Chancellor’s announcement to determine exactly what they mean for council services and the people who rely on them.
“We remain committed to working with the CCG and other local partners to deliver a fully integrated health and care service in B&NES and the your care, your way review is our method for achieving this.”