Duchy coup for health and care integration bid
The Government has awarded Cornwall pioneer status for its plans to join up health and social care services as the county aims to deliver better joined up care.
Care and support minister, Norman Lamb, announced yesterday that the county will be one of 14 areas in the country to have its plans to integrate services endorsed by the Government.
The status means that a partnership of 15 organisations in the NHS, the council, community services and the voluntary sector in Cornwall will benefit from national health and social care expertise to become one of the first in the country to integrate its services – ahead of a Government deadline of 2018.
The aim of the scheme is to relieve the pressure on county's already over-burdened health service, that has repeatedly struggled with bed-blocking issues over the least year. Speaking yesterday, Mr Lamb said too often care was left uncoordinated over burdening accident and emergency departments.
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"We have heard people talk about integration before, but it has never truly taken hold across the NHS," he said. "These pioneers are a starting gun for the NHS in the South West and social care to achieve a common goal – to get local health and care services working together, not separately, in the interests of the people that they all serve."