NHS Surrey Heath CCG is starting a wide-ranging and ambitious programme of integrating health and Adult Social Care after the plans were approved by the CCG's Governing Body and the Cabinet of Surrey County Council.
The aim is to create a one place, one budget, one team model with the CCG as the lead organisation.
These integration plans follow 18-months of change in the CCG area including:
- 8 to 8 working for General Practice
- Three GP hubs created with integrated care teams encompassing Mental Health, Community Nursing and Social Care ( 7 staff now appointed and dedicated to the Integrated Care Team )
- Co location of rapid response and reablement staff
- The CCG was nominated as a finalist in the Health Service Journal Awards 2015
- A single point of access to the above services - see video below:
The ultimate aim is the creation of a single budget and management structure for the commissioning of care for older people and adults with long term conditions and/or complex needs including mental health.
The aim is to start the programme of integration in late 2015, with the first phase ‘going-live’ in April 2016 but given the complexity it is possible that shadow arrangements may be put in place for 2016/17 with full delegation from April 2017.
The CCG's Governing Body approved this direction of travel at its meeting on 3 November 2015.
This approach should benefit people who use health and care services with improved quality and improved efficiencies.