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Working with partners and communities to make best use of available resources in a climate of demographic and financial pressures, so that people have choice from a wide range of high quality support and services to achieve better outcomes.

Action:
NHS integration – implementing the Better Care Fund with NHS partners and other stakeholders and refreshing the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

Update:
NHS integration – we implemented the Better Care Fund with further integration and local joint working across primary care, community health, social care, community and voluntary sector and other partners; achieving financial protection for statutory social care duties.

Completed a comprehensive review and refresh of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for South Gloucestershire.

A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) :

  • Provides a common view of health and care needs for the local community including identifying inequalities in health
  • Documents current service provision
  • Identifies gaps in health and care services, identifying unmet needs
  • Details evidence of effectiveness for different health and care interventions
  • Draws on a wide range of quantitative and qualitative data, including service user views
  • Is concerned with wider social factors that have an impact on people’s health and wellbeing, such as housing, poverty and employment.

The JSNA is used by health and social care organisations as an evidence base for commissioning and developing services. It is also used by other organisations, including the voluntary and community sector, to plan services that meet the needs of the local population.

We implemented the actions agreed in the delivery plans that are established to ensure delivery of our Sustainable Community Strategy.

Action:
Carry out a review of the current arrangements for Rapid Response.

Update:
The review of the Rapid Response Service and successful implementation of a sustainable and affordable model of service is complete.

Action:
Implement approved changes to the council’s in-house Day Services following completion of the ‘What People Do in the Day’ Service Review.

Update:
Expanded space is in use at Cambrian Green, Yate as a South Gloucestershire wide centre of excellence for dementia day care. Learning Difficulties Day Centres at Kingswood and Thornbury were brought under single management. Downend Day Centre closed and services were relocated to Kingswood.

Action:
Manage the transfer of responsibilities of the existing Independent Living Fund into the local authority, limiting any additional financial burdens.

Update:
All reviews of transferred support plans were completed and service users’ Care Act eligible needs were confirmed along with any changes to care and support plans for 1 April 2016 as originally planned.