Adult Social Care & Health
21/04/2017 14:07:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley
2017 has seen a raft of announcements from the Conservative Government regarding additional funding measures for social care and the wider local health economy. It is great to see new money for Croydon to support our elderly population and those who are most vulnerable with health care needs.
One of the key announcements in the Chancellor’s 2017 budget was an additional 32 billion of funding for adult social care over the next three years. The allocations by authority have since been released with Croydon receiving £5.5 M in 2017/18, £4 M in 2018/19 and £2M in 2019/20.
At this present time the funding has not been built into the Council’s 2017/18 budget and will be transferred directly to the council to be allocated to the Better Care Fund alongside existing BCF funding.
The guidelines for funding to be used to support the following area are:
· Meeting Adult social care needs
· Reducing pressures on the NHS and including support for hospital discharge
· Stabilising the social care provide market
It is important that the council identifies the best ways of allocating these funds to best serve all residents across the borough.
The NHS has announced £30M nationally to strengthen support to care homes to provide access to clinical advice in order to reduce the risk of resident in care homes being admitted to hospital. The NHS is still awaiting a confirmed figure on the allocation for Croydon.
Sustainable Transformation Plan
I also attended Croydon’s South West London Sustainability Transformation Fund which includes a number of organisations across health and local government in Sutton, Richard, Merton, Kingston and Wandsworth. Discussions are underway with the NHS Croydon CCG to understand how this regional funding might be accessed to support local objectives.
These plans have been developed jointly by the NHS and councils across England to deliver place-based improvements to health and social care centred on the needs of the local population.
As a member of the Adult Social Services Review Panel I will be discussing all these issues with colleagues on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 alongside other important agenda items.
At last the Alliance has been signed. After delays of more than a year and a half pen has been put to paper by Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, Croydon Council, Croydon GP Collaborative, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, The South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and AGE UK.
The idea of collaborative working was first put forward by Conservative Councillor Margaret Mead, the then Cabinet Member of Adult Social Care and Health in 2014. There has since been a change in administration and delays and confusion seemed to have surrounded the signing of the agreement and a mass exodus of staff from the council meant that everything ground to a standstill.
The main principle is to move towards funding people’s care based on the delivery of successful outcomes, helping them to live a more independent and active life for as long as possible. It is hoped that this system of operation will mean residents avoid unnecessary hospital visit and trips to the doctors
Some of the personal independence co-ordinators that I met at AGE UK said that they are confident that the system of working with the over 65’s will ensure they live healthier and more independent lives at home.
The Alliance is expected to run for ten years with the first year involving a great deal of transformation. The Alliance had identified significant saving across all budgets and those anticipated savings have not been met as a results of delays which will have clearly impacted finances and will have resulted in some of the difficult decisions that we are now seeing coming forward in terms of service delivery.
Croydon Conservatives are extremely supportive of the work of the Alliance and are looking forward to seeing better health outcomes for the elderly and some of the most vulnerable in our Borough