In January 2019, Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Doncaster Council engaged with almost 800 people to find out patient and public views on a vision to jointly plan health and social care services.
A video about our vision to provide health and social care services jointly with Doncaster Council can be found below.
The vision set the scene of how Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group and Doncaster Council will work together to jointly plan health and social care services, as well as highlighting how both organisations could work more closely together. This broadly means that we will work with local health and care providers to make sure that services are based around people as opposed to care settings, such as a hospital or care home.
We have already started to plan for services based on different needs across three life stages – starting well, living well and ageing well. The shift in thinking will mean care for patients and members of the public will be more seamless, resulting in better use of resources, reducing duplication and improving efficiency.
The engagement activity with patients and members of the public shows 84% of people agreed with the vision to work more closely together and to plan for services across three life stages. This will help ensure people receive health and care services as and when they need them.
A key theme from the online survey and focus groups was communication and information to enable people to take more control over their own health and well-being.
The strategy places a particular focus on the importance of prevention and self-care, also a key area of focus in the NHS Long Term Plan.
Early help and intervention is also a priority issue that clearly stood out, as well as providing timely information so people know where to go and how to access services in their local area.
Almost 40% of people said they would like to receive more information, support and advice so they are aware of how and why local health and social care services were changing.
The launch of the joint health and social care commissioning strategy includes a clear commitment to continue extensive engagement with patients and the public.
Moving forward, Doncaster CCG and Doncaster Council will continue to work with local service providers, patients and members of the public to co-design and co-deliver health and social care services.
A series of local delivery plans will help shape and monitor this work.
Find out more about how this work is progressing across the three life stages:
You can also watch a short summary video which describes how NHS Doncaster CCG and Doncaster Council will continue to work closely together.
Hear from Jackie Pederson, Chief Officer, NHS Doncaster CCG and Damian Allen, Chief Executive, Doncaster Council.