Somerset County Council has taken an important step towards closer work with the NHS in what would be a ground-breaking project with Somerset’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Yesterday (29 June) the Council’s Cabinet agreed to pursue further discussions with the CCG on the subject of closer integration between its Adult Social Care services and the health services provided by the CCG and NHS England. The aim is to provide better outcomes for residents and develop a new way of working that makes services sustainable in the long-term in light of an increasingly ageing population and continuing financial pressure.
The ‘Outcome Based Commissioning’ approach would be amongst the first of its scale in the country. It would see the County Council, the CCG and providers of local health services, like hospital and community health services, pooling their budgets and working much more closely with a renewed emphasis on preventing ill health, and not just providing costly treatment to patients after they become ill. Such an approach would also bring a sharper focus on outcomes – with life expectancy, quality of life, independence and wellbeing being a key indicator of success for organisations delivering health and social care services.
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