Contracts awarded for better care in Thurrock

COUNCILLORS have awarded contracts for community health care services in the borough through the pooled Better Care Fund between Thurrock’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Thurrock Council.

At Wednesday’s (7 September) Cabinet meeting, Portfolio Holder for Children’s and Adult Social Care, Cllr Sue Little, explained since approval of the Better Care Fund Plan for 2016/17 had now been received from NHS England – the Council can enter into the contracts.

The Better Care Fund, now in its third year, has seen the council and the NHS pooling more money to invest in services in Thurrock – up from £3.86m in 2014/15, to £18m in 2015/16 and now £27m for 2016/17.

The Council is working closely with NELFT (North East London Foundation NHS Trust) and SEPT (South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust) to set up teams to provide a more integrated service to residents. These include multi-agency working which puts the individual at the centre and builds on collaborative work with GPs, local area co-ordinators, hospital social work teams and mental health professionals.

After the meeting, Cllr Little said: “The Better Care Fund is an opportunity to break down the barriers between health and social care services and to deliver more of the help people actually need in their own homes and communities.

“I am determined to do more to prevent ill health and health in-equality so we can help people stay well and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions. I am now looking forward to next year’s plan and hope to be able to do even more joint work with the NHS.”

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