Better Care Together: A blue print for health and social care in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 2014/19, has been launched in June and presents a vision for the future shape of health and social care across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).
Better Care Together is the biggest ever review of health and social care in LLR. The programme is a partnership of NHS organisations, local authorities across the area and Healthwatch. It is driven by a shared recognition that major changes are needed to ensure services are of the right quality and sustainable.
The intention is to improve outcomes and experience for patients by focussing on improving community-based services – while at the same time addressing major financial challenges.
The programme is about ensuring that local health and social care services are capable of meeting the future needs of the local population in the face of a number of major issues:
1. Rising demand and the increasingly complex needs of an ageing population
2. Changes in expectations and standards
3. Shortages of skilled health professionals
4. A projected annual funding gap across health and social care of around £400m by 2019. The LLR health economy is one of 11 in England officially deemed to be “financially challenged”. The 11 areas were chosen on the basis that would benefit the most from external support.
These pressures mean that significant changes are needed, to “do more with less”. In fact, they are essential and unavoidable. Better Care Together is about collectively identifying the full scale of the challenges and then deciding how best to deal with them.
Tackling the financial pressures actually creates opportunities to make changes which can improve the outcomes and experience of patients and those who receive social care.
There will be updates to follow and if you would like more information in the meantime please go to the Better Care Together website: www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk