Plans to set aside an additional £19million to health and social care services across Staffordshire have been unveiled.

A report to Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet said the money would be in addition to the £123million Better Care Fund.

Introduced in 2013 to support integration of health and adult social care, the fund sees local authorities and clinical commissioning groups develop a joint plan for improving the lives of older people and those with disabilities by using shared budgets.

Cllr Julia Jessel, Staffordshire County Council cabinet member for health and care, said:

“By pooling our resources we can provide integrated health and social care that allows people to stay in their homes for as long as possible.

“We have made great progress in the last few years, for example strengthening our Home-First reablement services to support people to return home from hospital.

“We will continue to use the Better Care Fund to improve and integrate services for our residents and to support some of the most vulnerable people in our county.”

Cllr Julia Jessel, Staffordshire County Council

Marcus Warnes, from the Staffordshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, said:

“It is really important to a patient’s wellbeing that they receive care in the most appropriate place to meet their needs – this should never be in a hospital if they do not need hospital care.

“This is why we are delighted to be working so closely with Staffordshire County Council to help support people to remain in or return to their normal place of residence with an appropriate wrap around package of care.”

Marcus Warnes

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