Thurrock health and social care system celebrated with visitors from Singapore

ON Thursday 7 November, five colleagues who provide health services in North Singapore visited Thurrock to hear about Local Area Coordination and the transformation of our health and social care system.

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Health, Social Care and Voluntary Sector partners in Thurrock are working on new ways of meeting the needs of Thurrock Residents through the services and support provided. Local Area Coordination has influenced the transformation of the health and social care system in Thurrock, which is referred to as Better Care Together.

Better Care Together is a new way of working that will continue to see more effective health and care which focuses on each individual and their strengths and needs while delivering care closer to home. Better Care Together is a partnership of commissioners and providers of health, social care, hospital trusts and community, voluntary services who have come together to bring about this more streamlined and joined-up approach. They include: Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust, NELFT NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group, Thurrock Council and Thurrock CVS.

The five guests from Singapore will spend two days with the partnership in Thurrock and will also visit local communities to see how Local Area Coordinators work alongside individuals and how we are changing the way we engage with communities.

Cllr Sue Little, Cabinet Member for Social Care, said: “Today was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our work with international partners across the health and social care system and share our Better Care Together alliance development and best practices.

“Hearing of the similar developments and exciting changes in Singapore were inspiring. Today we have celebrated and shared best practices, a great collaboration has formed.

“At the heart of this approach is supporting our residents to stay healthier and independent for longer through preventing ill health, recognising their strengths and when people do need extra help, ensuring that support comes from within the local neighbourhood whenever possible.”

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