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Health And Care Services To Work Together


7:16am 29th November 2013
(Updated 11:25am 29th November 2013)

Health and care services are going to be joined up to improve delivery and help cope with an ageing population in Dorset.

The radical change that sees local authorities and the NHS working together aims to increase independence, reduce hospital admissions and integrate more local services.

Directors behind the move, that's called the Better Together Programme, say they'll be a strong focus on sharing information and creating tailored home care packages for adults who need them.

Harry Capron, Programme Director, told Wessex FM they're aiming to improve the co-ordination and integration between Dorset's services;

"One of the things we recognise is people's experience of health and social care can be quite fragmented. We've had a lot of feedback from patients, care workers and service user's about their experiences and it's important we try and integrate our services to improve and create a more co-ordinated response."

Mr Capron told us it's all about joining up services too to avoid "duplications."

"We want to design support around the person, health and social care. We want it to be as close as possible to GP's practices so it's local and we want to expand the range of care services we can offer in people's homes. So we need to engage with community rehabilitation teams, district nursing teams and others, they all need to work more closely and that's what we're trying to do."

The Better Together Programme aims to link up their first services in April next year.

The Government is supporting the Dorset health service transformation with £750,000.

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