Commissioning an Integrated System for Population Health and Wellbeing
Plymouth City Council and NHS Northern Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) formed an integrated commissioning function on 1 April 2015, bringing together over £630 million of Plymouth City Council and NEW Devon CCG funding. This is fulfilling the vision of the Health and Wellbeing Board of integrated health and wellbeing.
The aims of the integrated commissioning system are:
To improve health and wellbeing outcomes for the local population
To reduce inequalities in health and wellbeing of the local population
To improve people's experience of care
To improve the sustainability of our health and wellbeing system
We will realise the aims through commissioning in line with four integrated
commissioning strategies. The strategies apply to health and wellbeing services commissioned for Plymouth and the health services commissioned for South Hams and West Devon.
The overarching strategy, along with a glossary document can be downloaded below along with the 2016/2017 action plan for each of the strategies.
Background to the Integration of Health and Social Care Services in Plymouth
Right care, right time, right place
In Plymouth, feedback from the public has frequently told us that they want services to work in a more joined up way to "concentrate on the whole 'me'" and "work together better to serve me."
Historically, health and social care services have been seen as disjointed, with a perception of people being "passed back and forth" between the different services. In recognition of this at a national level, the Government has introduced measures; for example the Health and Social Care Act 2013 and the Care Act 2014, to make sure health and social care services pool their resources and 'integrate' so that people get the right care they need, at the right time, in the right place – regardless of who may be providing the care. This is also being further cemented with the Better Care Fund, more of which later.
So for all these reasons, we are working to make health and social care more joined up in Plymouth.
Integrated Health and Wellbeing Board
The body that is driving integration forward for Plymouth is the Integrated Health and Wellbeing Board. The Board is made up of representatives from across health and social care commissioners in Plymouth. Find out more about the Health and Wellbeing Board.
Commissioning – how will teams from both NHS NEW Devon CCG and PCC do 'joint' commissioning of services in the future
Provision of services – adult social care services provided by PCC and much of community based healthcare provided by PCH. The plan is to bring the two services together
Children and young people's services – although the first wave of integration focuses on adult services, we are also looking at how we can bring both commissioning and provision of children's services more closely together.
Better Care Fund
Plans to improve out of hospital care for the elderly and vulnerable aimed at reducing emergency admissions have been outlined by the Government under the Better Care Fund scheme.
The Better Care Fund aims to bring health and care service providers closer together to make joint decisions, ensuring more people receive joined-up, personalised care closer to home. For more information please view the Better Care Fund website.
Councillor Tuffin on integration
Hear what a leading Plymouth Councillor has to say about integration of health and social care.
Dr Steve Harris on integration
Hear what a GP and the vice chair of the western locality board (NEW Devon CCG) has to say about integration.