Kingston plans more joined-up health and social care under Better Care Fund

More than £15 million is set to be spent in Kingston over the next two years on innovative, integrated adult health and social care services.

Plans for how Kingston Council, Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local health services will use the Better Care Fund to improve health and social care for people with long-term conditions or complex needs will be submitted to NHS England next month.

The government’s Better Care Fund is a pooled budget to help local health and social care services work more closely together.

Almost £4.5 million has been earmarked for Better Care Fund schemes in Kingston for 2014-15, with a further £10.7 million committed for 2015-16. The money is allocated from existing local resources.

Kingston’s Better Care Fund plan, produced by the council, Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Your Healthcare and South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust along with the voluntary sector, includes:

  • coordinated round-the-clock care by professionals from different organisations
  • more services to help people avoid hospital admissions
  • more community support to tackle social isolation 
  • a review of dementia services
  • more support for carers
Councillor Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council and chair of Kingston Health and Wellbeing Board, said: 

"In Kingston, we have a very strong track record of partnership working with health and the voluntary sector. We are seen as a pioneer in better integrated health and social care, so this is in many ways an extension of the work we are already doing.

"The Better Care Fund gives us an opportunity to further improve the experience of people who need support from both health and social care services by doing things differently and in a more joined-up way."

Naz Jivani, Chair of Kingston CCG and vice-chair of Kingston Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

"With the Better Care Fund, we can achieve better value for money by moving resources from acute services into community and preventative schemes that help people to maintain their independence and stay living in their own homes if that is what they want."

The Health and Wellbeing Board is due to meet to agree Kingston's Better Care Fund plan next week.