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Improved health and social care for Wirral

Older people and adults across Wirral will soon benefit from improved health and social care services as the local authority and community NHS trust join forces.

Over 200 of Wirral Council’s social care assessment and planning staff are set to join Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust to develop a fully integrated health and social care service.

 

The trust currently provides community healthcare to patients in their own homes, caring for a wide range of health problems, supporting people to remain as independent as possible and helping them to stay out of hospital.

 

From June, it is anticipated social care staff will join the trust, providing a seamless service for patients and service users who will have one number to call, one person responsible for ensuring their health and social care needs are understood and one care record.

 

The new integrated service will also help to meet the increasing demand and financial challenges within health and social care.

 

Val McGee, Director of Integration and Partnerships at Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“The Government has set a very clear expectation for local authorities and the NHS to integrate these services, as the interdependency between them has become increasingly clear over recent years. We are really looking forward to welcoming our social care assessment and planning colleagues to the trust, providing a better experience for Wirral people.”

 

Cllr Christine Jones, Wirral Council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: “Residents want integrated, seamless social care and health services. They want to tell their story once, they want one phone number to call and they want a properly coordinated response to meet their needs.

 

“This is what we must deliver. To get there, we are bringing together community nurses, community matrons, therapists and social workers to work as one, integrated service – supporting people in their local communities.

 

“Our aim is to deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time to make sure our residents are able to be as independent as possible but have access to important health and care services as and when they need them.”

 

The proposals will be considered by Wirral Council’s Cabinet on 27 March and Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust’s Board on 22 March.

 

A separate proposal for an all age disability, and all age mental health integrated service is planned for 2018.

 

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Last Updated: Friday, 17 March 2017 15:33

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