Southwark is front runner for Better Care Fund
Today Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced the Government's Better Care Fund. After rigorous assessments and assurance testing over the past few months Southwark has been given approval without conditions.
The £22m funding will be managed by the local Council and NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and overseen by the local Health and Wellbeing Board.
Cllr Dora Dixon-Fyle, cabinet member for adults, arts and culture said: "The Government's decision to pre-approve Southwark for this funding with no attached conditions is a great vote of confidence for us and our services. Southwark have already led the way in committing to give care workers contracts as a part of our new ethical care charter. The Better Care Fund, which will enable us to integrate health and social care and help people to stay healthier at home for longer, is another big step towards our goal of giving local people the best care possible."
Dr Jonty Heaversedge, a local GP and chair of NHS Southwark CCG, said: “As the organisation that plans and funds health services for Southwark residents, we want to support people to stay healthy and independent. By pooling our resources we have the opportunity to work together with Southwark Council to improve health and care for people living with long term conditions. It is our aim to help people stay out of hospital if they don’t need to be there by providing better services closer to home.”
The funding will enable significant investment in the borough's community care plans including more support for carers, higher quality home care, improved mental health services and improved support for people with long term conditions. All to ensure people have more control of their lives and their care, with the services they receive co-ordinated and planned with them around their individual need.
The £3.8 billion Better Care Fund was announced by the Government in the June 2013 Spending Round, to support transformation and integration of health and social care services to ensure local people receive better care. The Better Care Fund is a pooled budget that shifts resources into social care and community services for the benefit of the NHS and local government.
The Southwark Health and Wellbeing Board is a strategic partnership forum that brings together elected representatives from Southwark Council with local NHS commissioners, Southwark Healthwatch, King's Health Partners (King's College Hopsial NHS Foundation Trust, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and the South London and Maudsely NHS Foundation Trust) and the Metropolitan Police to advise, support, challenge and direct the development for local health and wellbeing improvement.