£1m cash boost for Sheffield to ‘ease pressure on health services’

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A cash injection of more than £1 million for Sheffield will reduce pressure on health and care services, a GP has said.

Dr Zak McMirray, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group clinical director and a GP at Woodhouse Health Centre, said the Government funding shared between six councils would have a significant impact.

He said: “It is wonderful news for Sheffield that we have secured this funding, which we hope will make a real difference to local people, as well as helping to reduce the pressure on health and care services

“In Sheffield, we have a strong partnership approach across health and social care and a long experience of joint working, so receiving this funding will only go to strengthen that, so we can continue to work together for the benefit of Sheffield people.”

The Transformational Challenge Award grant will also pay for plans to help people stay healthy and well at home, expanding some existing projects.

In Sheffield, it is said that between 40 and 60 per cent of hospital admissions are for long-term conditions with avoidable causes.

Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader, said: “This demonstrates the strength of our partnership approach to improving health and well-being in the community.

“The funding means we can develop more innovative approaches to keeping people well and healthy at home, before they reach a crisis point, and reach even more people.

“It’s important to me that we make the most of our community support and enhance this wherever possible, to increase people’s quality of life and continue to provide the support people need with the increasing pressures on our health and care services.”