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North East Lincolnshire leading at joined-up health and care

People living in North East Lincolnshire have been benefitting from an innovative partnership between health and social care for some time. North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and North East Lincolnshire Council work closely together to plan and buy health and adult social care services.

New measures announced by the NHS last week could see other parts of the country adopting similar arrangements to North East Lincolnshire where all health and social care funding is spent under a single local plan.

The positive approach being taken in North East Lincolnshire has also been highlighted as best practice in a new Government document “Integration and Better Care Fund Policy Framework 2017-19’’ released this week.

Exploring different ways of delivering care is high on the agenda of the NHS Five Year Forward View Next Steps document published on Friday. Nationally, it is becoming increasingly clear that it is no longer viable to provide the full range of services in a traditional hospital setting within the finances allocated to the NHS. As the health needs of our communities change, the local NHS must respond with new ways of providing care in order to meet growing demands and pressures.

The CCG and council are currently exploring ways to develop this partnership further so we can use the health and social care budget more effectively for local people, continuing to lead the way nationally as an example for other areas to consider.

Cllr Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing, said the aim was for doctors, social workers, therapists and nurses to work together as a single team for local patients.

“Working together in this way means patients are less likely to fall through “gaps” or experience duplication of services that is frustrating to them and costly for the NHS and Local Authority,” said Cllr Hyldon-King. “No one likes having to keep telling their story to different health and care professionals. A single team approach means all the professionals involved in someone’s care share information so the person using the service doesn’t have to.

“The way we work together is already helping to prevent unnecessary stays on hospital wards and reduce delays in getting people out when they are ready to recover at home.”

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