The Scottish Government has now published its Reshaping Care for Older People policy and a ten year programme for change. This aims to optimise independence and wellbeing for older people and help older people live well at home or in a homely setting.
Health and social care partnerships, along with their voluntary and independent sector partners, have been outlining how they will invest their share of the Reshaping Care Change Fund of £70m for 2011/12. Pending approval, this fund will continue for three further years to lever changes in existing partnership budgets in order to achieve sustained investment in community based services and supports for older people.
I hope you have already been involved in discussions with your local health and care partnerships about their Change Plans. At this stage most partnerships have submitted fairly high level plans. It is important that clinicians are fully engaged as the Partnerships develop more detailed local plans to ensure specialist support extends further upstream and into community settings to support primary and community teams.
The Joint Improvement Team (JIT) is establishing an Improvement Network to support all 32 partnerships to realise their Reshaping Care ambitions. This is a timely opportunity to build on the learning and accelerate the progress of the Long Term Conditions and Mental Health Collaboratives which conclude at the end of March. It provides a forum for testing and spreading emerging Efficiency and Productivity benefits in both hospital and community settings and to drive progress on the 2011/12 HEAT target for over 75 emergency bed days: acknowledged as pivotal for releasing resources to sustain future community based services.
The Improvement Network is a collaboration between JIT, the Quality and Efficiency Support Team (previously IST) and the Scottish Community Care Benchmarking Network. It will engage with a range of national partners and practitioner communities including BGS Scotland. The inaugural Network event is on April 1st at Herriot Watt University. Please contact your local CHP older people’s lead if you would like to attend.
With NES and the Scottish Association of Community Hospitals, we are planning a future networking event with a focus on the clinical service model in community settings. I’ll be in touch with BGS Council and Primary Care leads group about this in the coming weeks.
Lots more Reshaping Care information in future newsletters - and from clicking on the JIT Reshaping Care web site link.
Please contact me on Anne.Hendry@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk or 07734290106 if you have any questions or comments meantime.
I look forward to meeting up at a future Reshaping Care event.