Cornwall shortlisted to become government 'health pioneer'
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been shortlisted to become a Department of Health pioneer.
The work of a local partnership, made up of the NHS, councils, community services and charities, is hoping to gain pioneer status giving the partnership access to expert advice to integrate its services, well ahead of the government’s deadline.
The Pioneers will then share their knowledge and ambitious plans to support the rest of the country to integrate their services to the same gold standard.
Cornwall’s services are already working together to create a joined-up Early Intervention Service that is tailored to each person’s specific needs.
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The service aims to support people from needing unnecessary hospital treatment or emergency support from social services in the future, which is not only detrimental to their health, but also puts pressure on the people who care for them and the services they use.
NHS Kernow’s managing director, Joy Youart welcomed the news that it had been shortlisted, saying: “Our bid represents the commitment of 15 organisations that provide health and social care to work more closely together to create a seamless service that people and their carers rely on.
“Working together will ensure that people move easily from one service to another, having to tell their story only once so that everyone who is involved with their care will know the people’s needs, who is supporting them and why.
“Our aim is to do more to keep people well, confident and help them remain independent. We need to do more to prevent people from becoming ill or reaching a crisis where they need the support of more services. This will ensure they have a good quality of life.”
The Department of Health is expected to announce the areas selected as pioneers in the autumn but, even if unsuccessful, plans to collaborate will continue.
Councillor Judith Haycock, chairman of Cornwall's Health and Wellbeing Board, added: “If we want to assist people better, we need to make it much easier for them to find the help and support that is available. Sometimes people give up, because it can be difficult to deal with the many organisations that get involved."