Patients, and those who draw on care and support, are our top priority and key to that is helping them receive health and adult social care as quickly and conveniently as possible.
The NHS and social care help bring people into the world, are often there at the end of our lives, and we want to make sure people receive the best possible care whenever they need it. That means having a general practice (GP) appointment or being diagnosed in a timely manner, receiving treatment quickly when required and being cared for in your own home when living with a disability.
We can help people to be better informed about how to prevent the need for healthcare in the first place and how to readily access healthcare through various pathways, and equip them to make informed choices with an expectation of the service that will be provided to them.
We will make performance within primary and secondary care more transparent. We will not be prescriptive with high performing practitioners, though we will continue to help all to be more productive to help patients, including by opening up other routes to access healthcare. We will make it easier for people to work in and support the NHS. We will shift the balance of funding between health and social care, so people experience a seamless care journey that meets their needs. This focus on patients will empower everyone with the information they need to make their own choices and underpin a proactive approach to improving performance.
We will help achieve this by focusing relentlessly on ABCD – ambulances, backlogs, care, doctors and dentists. While health and social care services do many things beyond these, people receiving the care they need, where they need it, at the right time for them, will lead to smoother pathways and meet public expectations.
Given this announcement, I am pleased to announce that Nottinghamshire has been awarded £2,939,225 from the Adult Social Care Discharge Fund.