Saturday, 28 January 2012

Government Investment In Social Services Will Help Reduce Delayed Discharges


Adult Social Care Services in Cambridgeshire have been given a £1.5 million government boost towards efforts to reduce delayed discharges from hospitals in the county.

The Department of Health today announced a one-off £150 million grant to Primary Care Trusts in England, for immediate transfer to local authorities for investment in social services which also benefit the health system.

In Cambridgeshire, £1.45 million will be channeled to Cambridgeshire County Council via NHS Cambridgeshire. The two organisations already work closely together and in partnership with hospitals in the county to ensure that people are able to leave medical care as soon as possible.

County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Martin Curtis, said: "Health and Adult Social Care Services in Cambridgeshire are already under pressure and the demand inevitably increases during the winter months, so this extra money from Government is very welcome.

"We already work very closely with our partners in the health sector and examples of new services being set up in Cambridgeshire to help ensure a smooth and rapid transition of patients from medical to social care include GP out of hours services, GPs working with acute trusts in Emergency Departments, rapid response services staffed by nursing and social care teams and increased work with private sector and voluntary organisations to reduce the number of people who need to go into hospital in the first place.

"This relationship between hospitals, GPs, NHS community partners, social services and the independent and voluntary sector is pivotal to ensuring that patients who are admitted to hospital only remain in beds for the time they require specialist acute care and are discharged out as soon as they are deemed safe to leave - this extra money will enable us to build on that existing partnership."

Cath Mitchell, NHS Cambridgeshire and NHS Peterborough Director of Integrated Commissioning said: "NHS Cambridgeshire is set to receive £1.45m from the government which will be transferred to Cambridgeshire County Council. This one off payment will assist us in strengthening our links and embedding joint working between the PCT and the Council.

"W already work closely with the Council in areas to ensure patients are able to leave hospital when they are ready. Through greater co-operation and joint planning we are seeking to improve health outcomes through access to a range of services in the community. This work supports the NHS's goal to help people spend less time in hospital and live more independently with access to re-ablement support programmes from both the NHS and the Council."