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Making access to health and social care easily accessible to everyone, no matter where they live, their age or circumstances.

Implementing Better Care South Gloucestershire

Better Care is the national programme to help ‘join up’, or integrate, the health and social care services that the NHS and local authorities provide for our most vulnerable people. There’s already a lot going on to help realise our vision, including district-wide initiatives to expand and enhance community health services, improve information sharing between care professionals, enhance the role of care homes to maximise residents’ independence and promote a more ‘dementia friendly’ South Gloucestershire.

Together with local NHS partners we have launched a project to develop a community-based model of health and care support, focused on six ‘clusters’ of GP practices covering the whole of South Gloucestershire.

The six clusters are:

  • Cluster 1: Foubister, St Mary’s Surgery, Almondsbury Surgery, Pilning Surgery, Thornbury Health Centre
  • Cluster 2: Bradley Stoke Surgery, Coniston, Concord, Northville, Stoke Gifford and Conygre
  • Cluster 3: Courtside, West Walk, Kennedy Way, Wellington Road
  • Cluster 4: Hanham Health, Cadbury Heath Healthcare, Close Farm Surgery, Kingswood Health Centre
  • Cluster 5: Willows Surgery, Christchurch, Orchard Medical Centre, Three Shires
  • Cluster 6: Emersons Green, Leap Valley, Frome Valley

This approach is helping to introduce a more integrated way of working, with GPs, community matrons, district nurses, therapists and social workers meeting regularly to review complex patients, identify gaps in provision and explore new approaches to care that could improve services for patients.

The clusters also provide a focus for work to connect people with the voluntary support and networks available within their communities.

South Gloucestershire Market Position Statement – Supporting Children, Young People and Adults to Live Independently.

We have published our 2016 Market Position Statement, building on previous successes in promoting personalisation and choice and are working to increase the already high numbers of people who receive self-directed support. This will continue to be an increasingly key element of how local care and support services are purchased, where everyone using social care can exercise the level of control over their own care and support they choose. This market position statement represents our vision for the future, examines current and future supply and demand and signals business opportunities within the care market in our area. It brings together data from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, commissioning strategies and the results of our market and customer surveys into a single document.

At the heart of this market shaping task is our commitment to co-production and engagement with everyone affected. This year more than ever, we have engaged with providers, commissioning partners, local communities, our service users and our citizens, young and old, to highlight good practice. This has helped us to find out how we can meet the increasing demands and changing customer expectations.