Council welcomes plan to bring health and social care services closer together

A NEW five-year plan to bring local health and social care services closer together to help people stay healthy and live at home as long as possible, has been welcomed by Doncaster Council.

The Council’s Cabinet noted the Doncaster Place Plan, which brings together the thoughts of eight NHS, local authority and care organisations in the borough to create a first-of-its-kind shared vision for the future. A short, two-side summary version of the Place Plan is available here

The Plan sets out how the organisations will work together between now and 2021 to develop health and care services closer to home to help keep people out of hospital and enable them to live independently for as long as possible.

The aim is to use their collective resources to transform local services and make them sustainable in the future and having a single over-arching plan is key to achieving this.

The cost of providing health and care services for more than 300,000 people who live in Doncaster is increasing and if no action is taken there will be a funding gap across health and local authority organisations of over £139 million by 2021.

Cllr Pat Knight, Cabinet member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s more imperative than ever that we all work together as Team Doncaster to meet head on the challenges around health care and provision.

“We want to do things differently and support people to enjoy a healthier life for as long as possible in their own homes in their own communities and it makes sense that we pool our resources and abilities to do this. This plan sets out what we want to do to help the borough tackle the big ticket issues around health and health inequalities.”

Health in Doncaster is improving, but not as fast as the rest of the country, with average life expectancy for men living in some deprived parts of the borough being over 10 years less than for those living in the better off areas. There’s a similar picture for Doncaster women, with the life expectancy gap being over seven years between poor and affluent areas, which may be only a handful of miles apart.

A key element of the Plan is to develop services that help prevent people from becoming ill in the first place, by stepping in early to, for example, support struggling families.

Local health and social care services will become more joined-up in the future, supporting people to live in their own homes and monitoring their health carefully to preventing it dipping and an emergency admission to hospital.

More services will be brought out of hospital and provided in the community where it is safe and efficient to do so. If people become ill and need a hospital stay, the focus will be on getting into rehabilitation as quickly as possible so they can resume normal daily life.

Dr David Crichton, Chair of NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group, which has co-ordinated the development of the Plan, said: “We know that by working together, we can transform the way we work and overall improve the health and wellbeing of our population faster and further. To do this, we will need to sit together and see how we can better use our combined resources in terms of people and funding for local health and care services.

“In some cases, local will mean how we look at providing services at not just borough-wide, but within four geographical ‘neighbourhood’ areas we have mapped out. This will enable services to be delivered around community needs in so called ‘hubs’.

“Crucially, we’re not starting from scratch, we’re building on many existing plans and taking a common approach to identify key areas of collaboration. Importantly, we’ll be involving Doncaster people in discussions about any changes that will emerge from the Plan in the months ahead.”

 

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