A board which helps health and social care services in Wiltshire work seamlessly together to support healthy, independent living has been nominated for a prestigious award.
Wiltshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board has been shortlisted in the ‘Effective Health and Wellbeing Board’ category for the Local Government Chronicle Awards 2016, with the winner due to be announced at a ceremony on 16 March 2016.
Wiltshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board brings together all the leaders of the health and social care system in Wiltshire. It is chaired by Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, leader of Wiltshire Council with Dr Peter Jenkins, Chair of NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), vice chair of the board.
The council and the CCG work closely together with partners through the board. NHS England is also represented together with Wiltshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Healthwatch Wiltshire.
The vision of the board is underpinned by recently agreed programmes such as the Better Care Plan, which was one of only five in the country to be fast tracked for sign off.
One particular success of the board’s work and Better Care Plan has been the ground-breaking work on developing an Urgent Care at Home plan which means professionals can facilitate rapid access to services 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and co-ordinate intermediate care and hospital discharge. The service provides health and social care support within one hour in times of crisis and helps prevent unnecessary hospital admissions. This has helped delayed transfers of care fall to zero in some months – a dramatic improvement on Wiltshire’s position.
Work is also continuing to make better use of estates, through the Health and Wellbeing Community Centres programme which will see vital health and care facilities co-located right at the heart of communities. This will lead to greater access to services for residents, as demonstrated at Springfield Community Campus in Corsham.
A recent positive independent peer review into the Health and Wellbeing Board stated: “You are doing all the right things and you are doing them well!”
Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board and leader of Wiltshire Council said: “I’m delighted the board has been recognised in this way.
“Our strong partnership with NHS Wiltshire CCG and our others partners has seen some great improvements in the delivery of vital health and social care services and the benefits have been felt by residents up and down the county.
“However, we are not complacent and know there is still work to do. Together we will continue to strive to ensure that people of all ages who have health and social care needs get high quality joined-up support as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
Dr Peter Jenkins, Vice Chair of Wiltshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board and Chair of Wiltshire CCG comments: “The joint Health and Wellbeing Board provides a vital platform to ensure partnership working across health and social care and we’re encouraged by the transformational care we’ve established as a result. Our focus remains on continual improvement to ensure our vision to provide healthcare services as close to home as possible, is delivered.
“I’m pleased that our collaborative approach to health and social care in Wiltshire has been recognised and I look forward to finding out in March if we’ve been successful.”