A new integrated health and social care service is being launched across Lichfield and Burntwood.

South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust and Staffordshire County Council have come together to try to provide “a consistent and sustainable” home care service.

It is also hoped the move will reduce the unnecessary admission of people to hospital.

Liz Onions, acting managing director of South Staffordshire PCT Provider Services, said:

“This new comprehensive health and social care service will reduce the number of individual professionals visiting patients, reduce the number of assessments required for the services provided and give 24 hour care to help avoid hospital admission.

“It will make access to the right services at home, at the right time and from the most appropriate health or social care worker, much easier for our patients.”

County Councillor Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults’ Wellbeing added:

“Enormous effort is being put into ensuring that people are looked after in the most appropriate way. People who do not need to be in hospital should not have to go there. Unnecessary hospital stays can be distressing for those involved and their families.

“NHS and Social Care staff are now working more closely than ever before. The changes we have made over the last year aim to make sure that people receive the right sort of help as easily as possible. The new Community Intervention Service has been developed with flexibility in mind to meet the specific needs of individuals.

“Helping people to maintain normality as far as possible in their own homes is one of the most tangible ways we can achieve this. In most cases it makes a real contribution to ensuring people make a quick recovery and remain as independent as possible.”

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.