Recommendations For Health and Social Care Policy for Central Bedfordshire

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A report which sets out a series recommendations for how Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), should work together to provide health and social care services for adults and older people in Central Bedfordshire was given the seal of approval by councillors earlier this week. The joint report (Central Bedfordshire Health and Social Care Review) outlines key areas of work for both organisations, with a focus on early intervention, prevention, improving choice and quality and supporting people to live independently at home for as long as possible.

The recommendations include:
* Ensuring that services are designed around the customer, so they have choice and access to high quality services.
* Developing a step up, step down facility for the North of Central Bedfordshire. A pilot of the scheme in Houghton Regis and Dunstable has been hugely successful, providing intensive support to help residents get back on their feet after a stay in hospital.
* Improving dementia care by establishing a quality accreditation scheme and rewarding high quality care homes.
* Investment in a programme of extra care and supported living, giving older residents with care needs a greater choice of accommodation locally.

The report also set out proposals for the future of Biggleswade Hospital. The hospital will remain open and work will begin on looking into extending and improving services there.

Cllr Andrew Turner, Deputy Executive Member for Social Care, Health and Housing, said:
"Our key focus here is to make sure that residents who need health or social care get the right support, in the right place, at the right time. We’ve got a real challenge here, but we’re committed to working with partner organisations to make things better for our residents.
"I am pleased that the report recommended that Biggleswade Hospital will continue to operate and offer care for local people. It is clear that local people greatly value the services provided there."

Cllr Mrs Susan Goodchild, Liberal Democrat, Houghton Regis, said, "The Short Stay Medical Unit is a pilot initiative with an annual budget of £1.8 m providing 16 beds in Houghton Regis.  It is funded by Health and provided by SEPT.  It is supported by a multidisciplinary team led by a consultant geriatrician and provide short term medical support.  This service has demonstrated positive outcomes and satisfaction among patients and their families/carers and has shown that it can prevent inappropriate hospital admission and facilitate timely and effective discharge.  We must remember, however, that it has not relieved pressure on hospital services because we have added to overall capacity rather than replaced hospital care with community alternatives."

Cllr Mrs Susan Goodchild, added, "Customer outcomes will be monitored throughout 2013/14.  I believe that we are very fortunate to have such a wonderful facility within our community."

Dr Diane Gray, director of strategy at BCCG, said:
“This is the successful culmination of months of joint working with Central Bedfordshire Council. It marks a shift to an integrated, more patient-focused health and social care system. We want to move away from old-style ‘what’s the matter medicine' to a more patient-focused ‘what matters to me’ style of healthcare delivery.”

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