As with all areas of the country, NHS and social care services in Cheshire East are under increasing pressure. While standards of care locally are high and the area’s three main NHS trusts are rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission, there is an urgent need to transform local care services.
The area has an ageing population, life expectancy is better than the England average but there are large variations between and within towns. As the population of approximately 373,000 people gets older, more and more people are suffering from long term conditions such as high blood pressure, liver failure, diabetes, cancer, dementia and other mental health problems.
The place partnership board in Cheshire East is looking at whole system improvements and is progressing a number of community solutions, to improve assessment and care for patients arriving at hospital that avoids the need for admission; and move how we care closer to people’s homes to improve their independence and wellbeing. Our agreed local priorities include:
- Support the transformation of general practice as a core foundation of our progress to implementing new models of integrated health and care communities
- Agreeing a model of sustainable hospital services that link to other components of integrated health & care services for local people and their communities
- For specialist mental health services, deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View and provide more care closer to home
- Operate as a system within the total available financial resources.
This significant transformation programme includes the development of eight care communities, five in Eastern Cheshire and three in South Cheshire which are a key first step towards developing a local integrated care system by 2020.
The ultimate aim is for “joined up local care” for the population of the Cheshire East Place through integrated health and social care services provided to people where they live clustered around the eight local communities of:
- Sandbach, Middlewich, Alsager, Scholar Green and Haslington
- Bollington, Disley and Poynton
- Chelford, Handforth, Alderley Edge and Wilmslow
- Congleton and Holmes Chapel
Steven Michael is the Independent Chair of Cheshire East Partnership Board and Mark Palethorpe, Acting Executive Director of People for Cheshire East Council, is Senior Responsible Officer.