Staffordshire County Council to get health and social care funding

NHS England says it will approve Staffordshire County Council's application for social care funding.

It is after it threatened to withhold funding because the authority had failed to meet what bosses say were 'suddenly set new, unachievable targets' for local authorities to reduce the delays in the number of people leaving hospital - when government figures showed people were waiting for NHS services, not social care.

Bosses warned of a “catastrophic impact” on residents if the £19.5 million pledged funding was not honoured.

NHS England has now said it will approve Staffordshire’s Better Care Fund (BCF), subject to conditions on improving the rate of delayed transfers of care from hospital further.

The BCF plan spans both local authorities and the NHS and is aimed at pooling resources to join up care and help people live as independently as possible for as long possible in their homes.

Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said: “Making sure people are cared for in their homes and communities rather than in hospitals is a key priority for both the county council and our NHS partners.

“NHS England has now accepted our Better Care Fund Plan which will allow us to invest in services to help more people leave hospital as soon as they are fit and well enough to safely do so.

“With winter yet to bite, there are challenging times head. Together with our clinical commissioning groups, we have a plan which with a lot of hard work is achievable and will help ensure the most vulnerable in our communities receive the support they need.”


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