A major new scheme that will see more people treated at home rather than at hospital is to be piloted in Sheffield, it has been announced.
Sheffield Council and the NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group are creating a single £250m budget to run health and social care services across Sheffield.
The partnership aims to provide patients with better support at home and earlier treatment in the community to prevent people needing emergency care in hospital or care homes.
Tim Furness, Sheffield CCG director of partnerships and planning, said: “This is great news for the city and the people of Sheffield.
“Patients will benefit from a greater connectivity between services and this will positively enhance their experience of treatment and care. Patients will also see more care services being brought closer to their homes as we look to provide better support at home and earlier treatment in the community to prevent people needing emergency care in hospital or care homes and to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.”
Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for health, care and independent living, said: “We’re working more closely than ever with health services and focusing more on prevention - to help people stay well and healthy at home, before they reach a crisis point.”
Deputy prime minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg said: “Encouraging a more joined-up service makes the experience better for patients, more efficient and saves the taxpayer money.
“One of the biggest challenges the NHS faces is developing a more co-ordinated relationship between health and social care.
“I am proud Sheffield is leading the way.”