One way they are doing this is by working more closely with us to integrate health and social care – so people who need a lot of support get a better service which is focused on them.
What is integrated care?
Integrated care is about bringing a wide range of health and social care services together to support people with multiple or complex care needs. It’s about putting all the right services in place around the person, in their own home where possible.
Local councils, NHS organisations, other public sector bodies and voluntary sector organisations are working together to make this a reality in Derbyshire.
Integrated care should:
- support people to remain independent and in control of their lives
- provide support in the community when needed
- reduce the need for admission to hospital or to long term care
- improve treatments and the quality of services
- reduce inequalities across the county
- make best use of public money
Examples of integrated care services include:
- A single point of access to services so that GPs can easily get the care they need for their patients and prevent them from going into hospital if they don’t need to.
- Integrated teams of health and social care staff working in the community.
- Specialist staff who are employed by different organisations (therapists, specialist nurses, community psychiatric nurses and community geriatricians) working together.
- Identifying patients most at risk of needing extra support.
- Care homes having a single GP practice assigned to them in North Derbyshire and Hardwick.
- Developing ‘health coaches’ in Southern Derbyshire
What are clinical commissioning groups?
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are the new NHS local organisations responsible for health care in your area.
- plan health services, based on the needs of local people
- buy services to meet those needs
- monitor the quality of the services and care given to patients
CCGs have representation from all the GP practices in their area and have a governing body made up of GPs, other health professionals, lay people and NHS managers. This means that your local GP is at the heart of decision making about health services where you live.
There are five CCGs covering Derbyshire – North Derbyshire, Southern Derbyshire, Hardwick, Erewash and Tameside and Glossop.
Sharing your information
Your health and social care records contain important information about you. Making that information available to the health and social care staff involved in your care means everyone can work together to give you the best support we can.
The Derbyshire Health and Social Care Community have a website that explains how your records are shared between organisations and what they do to make sure your information is kept safe.