People are being encouraged to find out more and have their say on a new agreement to deliver health and social care side by side across Staffordshire.
Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust (SSOTP) have agreed a new contract to run from 2017 to 2020 and a public consultation on the proposals is now open.
Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said:
The support and care of a growing ageing population is both a key priority and pressure not just for the county, but for the whole country.
“Wherever possible, we would like people to be able to be cared for in their homes and communities rather than in hospitals or care homes and people can now find out more about what this agreement means and have their say during this consultation.”
As part of the new arrangements, SSOTP will assess and manage day-to-day care, reablement and occupational therapy for residents. The county council will take on the responsibility for buying long-term care packages and management of the long-term care budget. Budget responsibilities for people incapable of managing their own finances due to a physical or mental health incapacity will also be transferred to the council in due course.
The new agreement has been approved by both the county council’s Cabinet and the partnership trust’s board. The consultation will run until December 13 and people can find out more here.
Stuart Poynor, Chief Executive of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust, added
Supporting older people and those with disabilities to live independently and at home is not only more affordable, but is the right thing to do and I would encourage people to take the time to find out for themselves more about our plans for delivering integrated health and social care.”