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Partners shortlisted to be care and support pioneers
3:00pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
PARTNERS across Cheshire’s health and social care services have been shortlisted by the Government to become one of the country’s 10 ‘pioneers’ in the integration of vital care and support services.
Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West and Chester, plus four clinical commissioning groups across the county, will discover in September if they have been chosen to create a new breed of user-friendly and financially-efficient models.
Cheshire East Council is one of a handful of authorities selected to work on the groundbreaking community budgets initiative.
If successful the new bid would build on the strong local partnerships to join up services, providing a much more efficient, responsive and customer-focused service for local people.
Cheshire’s health and social care bid recognises that a ‘one size fits all’ approach would not work across the diverse urban and rural areas of the county or best serve its 700,000 population.
The proposed model will be tailored to people’s needs and will take account of local and organisational priorities.
Cheshire East Council leader Clr Michael Jones said: “It is fantastic that Cheshire East Council, with its partners Cheshire West and Chester Council and the four GP led clinical commissioning groups across Cheshire, have been shortlisted in its bid for this work.
“All partners care passionately about our residents’ health and wellbeing. There is exciting work already under way across Cheshire exploring how health and social care models can better meet the needs of our residents. This Pioneer bid, if successful, will add momentum to that work.”
Paul Bowen, GP and clinical chairman of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, said: “I’m pleased the fantastic work going on in Eastern Cheshire through our Caring Together programme has been recognised and incorporated into the Cheshire Pioneer bid.