Joining up health and social care services in the city is a step closer after the Better Care Southampton plan was officially approved.
The Better Care Southampton initiative, led by NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Southampton City Council, under the leadership of the city’s Health and Wellbeing Board, aims to join up out of hospital services with voluntary sector organisations playing a greater role. The local plan sets out how this will be achieved over the next 5 years.
Dr Sue Robinson, Shirley GP and Board lead for Better Care Southampton said: “This will be transformation on a scale we have never seen before. The CCG and Council have been working together with local GPs, social workers, housing and voluntary sector groups and local patients to develop our vision for services that work together across the city.
We will be looking at a much more person-centred way of treating people, focussing on the individual by bringing together all the services they use. The ultimate aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of some of our most vulnerable patients cutting out duplication which can cause frustration.”
Better Care Southampton has now passed the second stage of approval from NHS England, with representatives of the Cabinet Office (who feedback to Government ministers) also visiting the city recently to see how we are moving forward.
Councillor Dave Shields, cabinet member for health and adult social care and Chair of the City’s Health & Wellbeing Board said: “We very much support the groundbreaking plan for our city and am delighted that we have now had approval on a national level.
Working with the local NHS every step of the way, I am now looking forward to the next stages as we begin to make these plans a reality for our local people.”
To find out how we are joining up your care, watch our short animation and read the Better Care Southampton plan on our website.