NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Thurrock Council are working with the voluntary sector and the local community to develop plans that will see more effective and joined up working between local health and social care and most importantly improve outcomes for patients, service users and carers.
Initial discussions with the local community took place at a public engagement event held earlier this year, when local people were invited to come along to get involved in discussions and provide their views about the transformation of health and social care in Thurrock.
A report: ‘ pdf Thurrock Health and Care: Working together for a better future ’ has now been launched by Thurrock CCG and Thurrock Council, which provides event feedback and an overview of the day, including discussions about the future transformation of primary care – i.e GP and dental services.
The report includes feedback on the two main themes for discussion at the event:
The Better Care Fund: Our plan for transforming health and social care in Thurrock, including how we want to help you keep well and reduce reliance on health and social care services.
Primary Care Strategy: An update and discussion about the future of GP, dental and other local primary health care services.
Key themes emerged including:
- support for carers;
- keeping patients at the centre and not losing sight of the individual;
- citizens not understanding the health and local area structure; and
- small investment to the voluntary and community sector being able to give big rewards.
The CCG’s Chair, Dr Anand Deshpande, said: “It is important to involve the local people who use the services at the earliest stage because their experiences will provide an insight into what is currently working well, and what needs to be improved.”
“On behalf of Thurrock CCG and Thurrock Council, I would like to thank all those who participated in the event, including invaluable support and input from Thurrock CVS, Healthwatch Thurrock and Thurrock Coalition. Finally a big thank you to everyone in the local community who got involved and provided us with valuable feedback.”
Cllr Barbara Rice, Thurrock Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “The Council and partners in the NHS and voluntary sector must seize the opportunity to transform the care and support that vulnerable people and their carers receive.”
“We have to work with local people to drive through real change, so that service users and carers can see that health and social care are more joined up and money is used to deliver better outcomes for people.”
She continued: “You should only have to tell your story once and the Council and the NHS should work closely together to arrange services and care that provides the support needed. This is what integration should mean on the ground and it is important for local people to have a say in making these changes happen.”
A joint Health and Social Care Transformation Programme has now been established between NHS Thurrock CCG and Thurrock Council and includes key voluntary and community sector partners. The programme will plan and manage the challenging transformation process and redesign of health and social care to deliver the best outcomes for local people. Local people will be involved in the development of those plans.
If you would like to read a copy of the report: Thurrock Health and Care: Working together for a better future, which gives feedback from the event, pdf please click here .