County’s £2.2m health boost

Councillor Christine Emmett
Councillor Christine Emmett
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Plans to spend £2.2m of Government money improving a range of health and care services in Rutland have been approved.

The county council and the East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group spent months drawing up a strategy to use the money set aside for Rutland in the national Better Care Fund.

The Government asked all local authorities to say how they would use their share of the £3.8bn fund to improve health and care in their region, and the plans were submitted in September.

Rutland County Council’s proposal has now been approved by the Government and can now be put in place. The plan highlighted several areas where the money would be spent, including:

l Creating a network of community services that people of all ages can access to help them maintain their health and wellbeing.

l Establishing a county-wide urgent response service to prevent a hospital or care home admission.

l Recruiting specialist staff at Peterborough Hospital and Rutland Memorial Hospital to help with discharges, plus a range of services to help people maximise their independence.

l Giving better support for people with learning disabilities, and support and practical advice for carers and people with chronic illnesses or disabilities including dementia.

The council’s portfolio holder for health Christine Emmett (Con) said the money was an “opportunity for us to address the needs of our growing population.”

She added: “By working closely and more effectively together, we want to deliver health and social care services that help people live safely and independently in their own homes. Now that our plans have been approved, we will be working with partners to help residents avoid hospital admissions and return to their homes more quickly and with more support.”

Clinical commissioning group managing director Dr Dave Briggs added: “We believe building integrated community services around the needs of local people will help prevent illness as well as provide more effective support to those who need it most. By focusing our efforts jointly with the council in this way, we believe there will be enormous benefits for local people as well as for the health and social care system as a whole.”