HEALTH officials have put forward their priorities outlining how Sheffield’s £2 billion annual budget should be spent on hospitals and primary care services.
Aims of Sheffield’s Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy include treating more patients - particularly elderly people - at home and improving mental health provision.
Improving children’s start in life, extending partcipation in sport and activity are also proposed.
A programme has been developed to make the improvements, which is set to be approved by Sheffield Council’s cabinet on Wednesday.
A report to councillors states: “Part of our mission is to reduce dependency in Sheffield on ‘acute’ hospital and residential care support.
“Not only is it expensive (and will become more so as more and more people live longer), it isn’t what people tell us they want.
“It is estimated that about two-thirds of all healthcare resources are spent supporting people with long-term conditions. Hospital will only be used where the individual has a clear and acute need.
“Self care and self management help those patients achieve better health and make more effective use of services.”
Proposed efforts to improve the health of 0-4 year-olds involve addressing matters leading to ‘poor parenting, poor diet and obesity’.
Public health, health care, early years, child care and social services are planning to work more closely together to help families who are deemed to be in need of assistance.
Meanwhile, community growing and allotment projects are to be promoted to ensure people have better diets, while ‘easy, desirable and afforable’ sports and physical activities are also being proposed.
Health officials say efforts are already bearing fruit in reducing the difference in life expectancy between rich and poor areas from a decade to 8.7 years in men and 7.4 years for women.