Newsletter - August 2016 - Stockport receives funding to help transform health and social care
Stockport is one of two areas in Greater Manchester (GM) at the forefront of health and social care transformation, which will be accelerated thanks to new funding which was announced last month (July).
As we recently heard, the borough has been successful in securing £19 million over three years to fund the health and social care transformation plans as set out by the partners. An initial £7m will be made available during 2016/17.
Alongside Salford, Stockport is the first to benefit from part of a £450 million funding stream which was awarded to the GM Health and Social Care Partnership to help the region achieve the fastest and greatest improvement to the health and wellbeing.
Whilst the final details of the funding are still being worked through, Stockport Together will now be able to begin putting the ideas into action.
Under the new plans, a person – for example someone registered with a GP in Stockport with a long-term condition – will have their care overseen by a multi-disciplinary team in the community to ensure they receive more joined-up care that better meets their medical and social needs at one time and in one place.
The links that are being made with the voluntary sector also help to ensure that they have access to support and care from their local community.
Helping people to adopt healthier lifestyles and prevent ill health is also a top priority. People in Stockport will have more opportunities for support and advice to make healthy activities part of their daily lives.
As a result of the health and care system working better together in this way, people will not only receive the coordinated support necessary for their health and care needs but they are also linking to the wider network of care and social interaction in their community to help them to live independently for longer.
The strong relationship across health and social care leaders has been a major influence on the development of the plans. The health and social care leaders in Stockport, have said:
"Across health and social care in Stockport we have collectively developed a plan that we believe is going to change the lives of our population. Having secured the investment to take this forward means we can now start to bring about improvement that will result in better care and experiences for the people of Stockport.
“Currently the health care system in Stockport is too focussed on hospital care and many of our patients stay in hospital for too long as a result. We have resolved to address this challenge across the health and social care partners, and to take coordinated action to address the particular challenges together.
“The funding will enable us to take forward our local integrated care organisation which will mean more personalised care particularly for those people with long-term conditions. We will be supporting people to take more of an active role in their own health and creating more opportunities for them to make healthier lifestyle choices. More care will be provided in or closer to people’s homes and there will be more support to keep well and wherever possible avoid hospital admission.”
This is already starting to benefit people, with a multi-disciplinary team (MDT), which has been set up in Cheadle starting to have a real impact on members of the community. By working together as a team to plan and deliver care for individuals, the health and social care professionals are supporting people to stay safely and independently at home for longer.
One patient, Mona, 88, was struggling after moving into a small flat on her own and her family became concerned for her welfare. Her daughter contacted social services and Mona was referred to the MDT as well as receiving ongoing social care support.
After some time in respite accommodation to support her over the difficult transition time, Mona moved into an apartment with on-site care and is now doing well.
Councillor Wendy Wild, Stockport Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Adult Social Care, said: “It’s fantastic news for patients in Stockport that we are first to gain access to this significant funding stream, which will allow the Council and local NHS to work even more closely together and deliver improved outcomes for local people.
“This major new investment will initially focus on introducing new models of care, which I’m confident will mean more care is provided to patients in the neighbourhoods and communities where they live and mean a reduction in unnecessary trips to hospital.
“Increased integration of health and social care in Stockport should also mean that when a stay in hospital is needed that it is only for as long as absolutely necessary, and that services can be planned more proactively around preventing illness and disease rather than only treating it when it occurs.”« Return to Latest News