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Dorset Councils first winners of transformation challenge award
10:59am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
Councils in Dorset have been named as the first winners of the Government’s new £6.9m transformation challenge award.
Brandon Lewis, MP and Minister for Communities and Local Government announced that the initiative Better Together will receive £750,000 to transform the way health and social care services are delivered over the coming years. The Minister praised the efforts of the Dorset-area partnership which includes Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole who are part of the transformation network set up earlier this year, and the initiative will get one of the two larger awards allocated nationally.
Of the 140 councils across the UK that bid for the funding, approximately 30 will get the smaller awards.
Key projects in Dorset include early intervention and prevention, helping people to stay independent for longer and receive care and support in their homes or closer to their homes. Work will also focus on delaying the need for long-term care and unnecessary hospital admissions.
There are also plans to extend the shared information and advice service open to everyone, shared signposting and support, shared services in Hospitals including more help in arranging services for people who fund their own care.
Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole will be working in partnership with the new NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the four Foundation Trusts (Dorset Health Care Trust, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital, Poole Hospital and Dorset County Hospital), to ensure services are responsive to people’s needs and offer value for money.
Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole already spend over £1 billion for health and social care each year, and increasing demands on services due to an increasing number of older people makes this a priority area for reform. By working together and joining up services, partners are confident they can get the best value from the services as well as make improvements.
Councillor Spencer Flower, Leader at Dorset County Council, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as one of the leading places in a scheme to transform health and social care and the Government funding will go a long way to help us achieve our vision of joining up services.”
Dr Forbes Watson, chairman of NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We currently work closely with our local partners to deliver services that meet the needs of the local population and we welcome any initiative that strengthens this approach.
“The introduction of Better Together means we can all with confidence, continue to deliver high quality equitable services for those who need it.”
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