Challenges remain for health and social care plan


THE achievements and challenges in the first year of Annandale and Eskdale's health and social care integration locality plan have been highlighted in an annual report.

The Dumfries and Galloway Integration Joint Board’s annual performance report for 2016/17 reviews the performance of the health and social care partnership.

The key achievements in Annandale and Eskdale include developing a One Team approach; and strengthened community engagement and participation in developing new ways of addressing health and social care needs.

The challenges are the sustainability of general practice; capacity of the home care provider market; and prescribing costs.

The report said: "During the first year of the locality plan strong progress has been made in delivering the ambitious commitments set out.

"In the context of rising demand, limited supply of skilled workers and finite resources work has begun on engaging with people and communities to support them to develop new ways of enabling them to live active, safe and healthy lives.

"Building on the strong partnerships already in place, good progress has been made in developing integrated care communities through the One Team approach.

"The change in the way people work has improved communication, improved relationships between services and has made identifying people at risk of crisis more effective.

"Annandale and Eskdale has identified an increasing number of carers to care support organisations. Working together to support carers ensures they receive the support they need much earlier.

"A focus on early intervention and prevention is supported through the community link service and roll-out of forward looking care plans. These are plan where actual or potential care and support needs of someone are predicted.

"A partnership with social housing providers has been forged to help develop a broader range of supported housing options.

"Improvements are still needed to enable people to be discharged from hospital in a timely manner. An alternative to hospital care needs to be developed by providing step-up and 'step-down' services in the locality."

There were also significant challenges in recruitment and work was underway in general practice to identify gaps in the current workforce arrangements.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 11:06AM
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