Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has selected Calderdale to take the lead in a national scheme to transform health and social care across England.
Calderdale is one of 29 areas across the country selected as a ‘vanguard’ area and will be given a share of £200 million funding to develop local health and care services with the aim of creating closer ties between home care, mental health and community nursing, GP services and hospitals.
The funding will be used to enable local health bosses to roll-out their Care Closer to Home plans which include providing more specialist care for long-term illnesses and providing improved treatment for people living in care homes.
Matt Walsh, chief officer for NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I am pleased that our approach to transforming health and social care – our Care Closer to Home programme - has been recognised nationally.”
The new partnership group Calderdale Health and Social Care Economy will bring together a range of health services, commissioners and councillors.
Coun Ann McAllister, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Social Care, said: “This funding will help us to deliver the ambitions of our recent People’s Commission report and build on the positive work we have already achieved with our partners – allowing us to work together to achieve better outcomes for residents who need our support.”
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “This is a pivotal moment for the NHS and supports the government’s long term plan to deliver more joined up, proactive, personalised care for our most vulnerable. By integrating services and moving more care closer to people’s homes we can ensure efficient spending, and prevent unnecessary trips to hospital for the frail elderly and people with long term conditions.”