Council to discuss care scheme

Posted on 02 July 2012

West Sussex County Council is to discuss a scheme designed to improve care services for at-risk older people on Wednesday.



The Proactive Care initiative will be scrutinised by the council's new Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee.



It is one of the main subjects that will be discussed by committee members at the July 4 meeting, while the council's executive director of health and social care, Dr Mike Sadler, will explain what benefits there are to be had if the scheme is implemented.



Proactive Care is an example of the NHS and a local council working together to deliver health and social care services.



It involves a more community-based care approach. This means health and social care teams co-operate closely to support vulnerable people and try to ensure that their health does not deteriorate further and therefore require hospital admittance, which older patients often find particularly distressing.



Committee chairwoman Margaret Whitehead said: "We understand that admission to hospital can be a distressing and sometimes unnecessary experience for frail elderly people.



"We want to understand how this scheme will help to keep local people independent and well, and support them in their own homes.



"It is likely we will want to monitor its impact and identify whether any services will change significantly as a result of this programme."



The Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee will also assess the changes made by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust over the past 12 months to determine whether they were able to improve the quality of services at Worthing and Southlands hospitals.



The trust's medical director, Dr Philip Barnes, is scheduled to deliver a progress report on a wide range of issues such as community beds, satellite ophthalmology clinics, services for the frail and elderly, and the future use of the inpatient block at Southlands Hospital in Shoreham-by-Sea.

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