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Bedfordshire CCG aims for new joined up approach for better community health services

02 December 2015

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) wants to design a new model of community health services that will meet the needs of a growing and ageing population.   

Community Health Services provide treatment and care for a large number of local people and include services as diverse as district nurses, community matrons, community podiatry and children's services.

The CCG already works with local authorities to commission services jointly through the Better Care Fund: nationally, the NHS will work much more closely with social care services which are provided by local government.

BCCG has approached both Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council to work together on the future plans for community health services.

Director of Nursing and Quality for BCCG, Anne Murray said: Working in collaboration with social services will give us all an opportunity to develop a truly integrated service, which we are confident will lead to improvements for everyone in Bedfordshire.

To help us design a high quality integrated community service for adults and children, we are engaging with the people who receive those services and with healthcare professionals as well as looking at best practice elsewhere.”

The listening process by BCCG has started and the ideas gathered from services users will help shape the future model to provide the best community health service possible for Bedfordshire.  People are telling the CCG that the joined-up services and care they want would be better for patients, service users and staff.

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