Care service shake-up plans welcomed

GOVERNMENT plans for a shake up of care services have been welcomed by Northumberland County Council.

Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced that he is making an order for health and social care to become a joined up service.

Under the new system, there will be a greater focus on service users and carers and providers of medical care and social care will be required to work more closely together.

The Government says that by integrating care provision, those who receive care will have fewer organisations and departments to deal with, which will ultimately result in quicker service deliver, particularly for vulnerable people who are disabled, frail or have a long term illness.

Council Executive Member for Adult Care, Health and Well-being Ian Lindley said: “It has always been our goal to join up social care and health services so they concentrate on the most important issues.

“This is, firstly, preventative work so communities stay well and secondly, to help people live the best quality, independent lives possible in their own homes and community.

“The council has already started the process of making information and support more accessible within communities with the launch of the social care and health information points in some local libraries and we will continue to develop ways of delivering better services for our people.

“We know that it will take a while to fully join up social care and health services, which have worked separately in the past, but we know that people are happier where this has already taken place.”