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Better Care Fund 'approved'

In a joint effort, Thurrock Council and NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have successfully submitted â?? and had approved â?? their Better Care Fund plan.

The plan sets out the borough's intentions for:

  • health and social care integration
  • delivery of more joined-up services for the residents of Thurrock

This is the third year that Thurrock has successfully submitted the plan, which is now worth over Â?40m of pooled health and social care money.

The current plan explains how, over the next two financial years, the organisations intend to spend existing funds plus additional funding set aside in this year's spring budget, to make improvements for Thurrock residents.

Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Cllr James Halden said: "Being approved without any conditions is a true testament to the confidence NHS England has in Thurrock's ability to deliver on a strong plan â?? a plan that ensures we use health and social care funding to improve outcomes for our residents.

"We received a letter last Friday (27 October), which Iâ??m pleased reads: 'the plan submitted meets all requirements and the focus should now be on delivery'. We don't need to hear any more â?? I'm pleased we can start getting on with it."

Portfolio Holder for Social Care, Cllr Sue Little said: "We know that our residents want a health and care system that's easy to access and navigate, and where they donâ??t have to tell their story numerous times. Our plan will help us to achieve an approach that does just that. We've already made a number of improvements and this plan will take us further still."

Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer for NHS Thurrock CCG said: "We have a strong relationship with the council, where we are fortunate to have true partnership working on many new and innovative health and care schemes. The agreement to the full funding is evidence of this.

"Our work includes providing e-consultation for people to get quick access to their GPs, helping people to get a social prescription, when health is not the issue but life is causing ill health. There are so many positive projects already in place and many more to come. We look forward to continuing to work with council colleagues to join-up Thurrock's health and care economy for the benefit of all our residents."


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