Health, Social Care and Voluntary Sector partners in Thurrock are working on new ways of meeting the needs of Thurrock Residents through the services and support provided. Local Area Coordination has influenced the transformation of the health and social care system in Thurrock, which is referred to as Better Care Together.
Better Care Together is a new way of working that will continue to see more effective health and care which focuses on each individual and their strengths and needs while delivering care closer to home. Better Care Together is a partnership of commissioners and providers of health, social care, hospital trusts and community, voluntary services who have come together to bring about this more streamlined and joined-up approach. They include: Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust, NELFT NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group, Thurrock Council and Thurrock CVS.
Tania Sitch, NELFT and Thurrocck Council- Partnership Director, Adults Health and Social Care alongside other partner organisations welcomed the Yishun Health who deliver Community Health to a population of 800,000 in North Singapore. The group had asked to visit Thurrock as it is held up as being one of the leading sites nationally for implementing Local Area Coordination. The team were impressed with how Local Area Coordination has influenced the transformation plans for health and social care following a presentation by Tania and colleagues from the Council . The team also enjoyed the opportunity to shadow Local Area Coordinators in the communities and feedback that Thurrock was the most impressive and passionate Local Area Coordination programme they had seen.
Dr Wong Sweet Fun , Senior Consultant Geriatric Medicine & Clinical Director and PHCT & Chief Transformation Officer also made an inspiring presentation of the transformation that Yishun Health are leading in North Singapore and their work reaching out to communities and delivering health in an innovative way.
Cllr Sue Little, Cabinet Member for Social Care, said: “It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our work with international partners across the health and social care system and share our Better Care Together alliance development and best practices.
“Hearing of the similar developments and exciting changes in Singapore were inspiring. Today we have celebrated and shared best practices, a great collaboration has formed.
“At the heart of this approach is supporting our residents to stay healthier and independent for longer through preventing ill health, recognising their strengths and when people do need extra help, ensuring that support comes from within the local neighbourhood whenever possible.”