NHS Long Term Plan focuses on ensuring healthy local collaboration
Published: 09 Jan 2019
Hertfordshire County Council welcomes the NHS 10 Year Plan – which will see more people have their health and care needs met at home and fewer people staying in hospital.
Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, Richard Roberts, said “The County Council’s focus has long been on preventing ill-health, supporting our residents to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We work hard to promote healthy choices for our residents of all ages and look forward to the NHS devoting more of their time and resource to doing the same."
There are already a number of ground-breaking initiatives in Hertfordshire that are held up to other areas as best practice. Our partnership with the Ambulance Service and four early Intervention vehicles designed to respond to 999 calls from people who have fallen at home has been praised by users.
Meanwhile Community Navigators provide a ‘social prescribing service’, to help people reconnect with their local community and improve their mental and physical health – this is featured in the NHS 10 Year Plan as a great example of working together.
Cllr Roberts added: “If today’s reforms are to be successful, then preventative public health services and social care for all age groups needs to be properly funded. Health and social care are two sides of the same coin and funding one without the other will mean more pressure on the NHS, creating a false economy.”
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Integrated Care Teams
Teams of district nurses, GPs and social workers already meet regularly around the county to discuss people who need health and care the most. Supporting these people at home and enabling them and their families to manage their health conditions better is what we strive to do. One of the professionals takes the lead in co-ordinating the person’s care and we have proven that this reduces stays in hospital and improves people’s wellbeing.
Early Intervention Vehicles
One in five 999 calls in Hertfordshire are from people who have fallen in their homes. These four vehicles are staffed by a paramedic and an occupational therapist from social care and respond to these calls, to do all they can to help people remain at home safe, rather than be admitted to hospital. After checking people’s health, they might provide equipment to assist their mobility or organise some short-term care until their confidence is regained.
Trailblazer school mental health teams
Hertfordshire County Council was one of just 25 areas in England to launch Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in schools in 2018. This is a key initiative set out in the government’s recent Children and Young People Mental Health Green Paper, recognising the pressure that children feel and to intervene sooner to assist at an early stage. Young people experiencing mental health difficulties in Hertfordshire will now benefit from specialist support workers as part of the trailblazing initiative.
Social Prescribing is advocating non-medical forms of exercise or social activities, such as drama and art, which is proving to be beneficial for people’s health and is a major part of the Long Term Plan. In Hertfordshire we have a comprehensive Social Prescribing programme run by the County Council and Voluntary Sector, with the NHS. Around 1,200 people a month in Hertfordshire participate, referred by clinicians, and this number is growing. From reducing social isolation to helping people cope with mental health issues or long term conditions like diabetes, Social Prescribing has helped over 7,000 people in the last six months. On top of that, 32,000 people joined our Health Walks programme last year. The Long Term Plan gives us the opportunity to significantly expand this.