Cash Boost for Dorset Health
7:31am 19th February 2014
An £800k funding package is going to help Dorset join up its health and social care services.
The money comes from Health Education Wessex.
They say it will go towards training and developing staff directly involved in dementia care and community nursing.
It's hoped the joint health and social care partnership will improve the way services are delivered across the county.
"There are approximately 14,000 staff working in the NHS and in primary care across Dorset and up to 22,000 staff working in social care, plus many more people working as carers and independent and voluntary sector. Many will need new skills and need to work in new ways to deliver care to people in an integrated way," said Paul Holmes, Managing Director, Health Education Wessex.
"Education and training of the workforce is key to the success of this initiative and breaking down the traditional funding barriers between health and social care is critical to make this project work at scale."