Health & Social Care - joint vision

Powys County Council in partnership with Powys Teaching Health Board have pledged to accelerate the integration of health and social care services.

Our shared vision

Our shared vision of what good integrated care could look like in Powys puts the citizen at the centre of every decision made in respect of their care and support, and gives them a voice and control over what they need most.

Integration of care teams for older people is a big step forward in combining and pooling our resources, budgets and IT systems, but its overall aim and highest priority is to give back control to the individual. 

We will continue to liaise, listen and talk to service users, families and carers and all interested stakeholders throughout the process of integrating our care teams.

Sam’s Story

Developed by the King's Fund, this story takes you through the difficulty Sam faces when receiving the right care and support for his health needs as well as his social well-being after his wife’s passing.

The film 'Sam's Story' explains our joint vision of integration.

Images from Sam's Story

The film highlights the issues of seeing so many health care professionals, in some cases repeatedly, and how processes and duplication can slow or prevent Sam returning home from hospital. On returning home he finds a lack of co-ordination between the local GP and social care team, which often means the support and care he needs is miscommunicated between services.

But what if health care services were more joined up? Instead of teams working independently, let’s give one of Sam’s carers overall responsibility for co-ordinating his care. For example the District Nurse would meet with Sam and discuss his needs and wishes. Sam chooses to remain at home and receive the support and care he needs where he loves most.

The District Nurse would then meet with the GP and social worker to develop a care plan that they can all access in one place. If Sam should have a crisis or feel unwell, he calls the nurse rather than an ambulance which avoids being admitted to hospital. However, if he is admitted to hospital, the care plan is discussed by the team and updated and he is able to return home faster.

Our shared vision of what good integrated care could look like in Powys puts the citizen at the centre of every decision made in respect of their care and support, and gives them a voice and control over what they need most.

 

 

 

 

Images from Sam's Story
Former Leader of Powys County Council, Councillor Barry Thomas

“This is an exciting time for the two organisations to drive forward our plans of integration. Integrating our health and social care for older people will enhance the citizen/patient experience and improved outcomes from care services. We have agreed to undertake a detailed assessment that would highlight any potential impacts our citizens would face following the joining of teams and services.”

Professor Vivienne Harpwood, Chair of Powys Teaching Health Board

“We are entering an exciting new era for health and social care services in Powys, and this report represents our firm commitment to integrating our two organisations. By joining our workforce and combining resources, we can meet the needs of our ageing population, and improve the services and support they receive by placing them at the centre of every decision made in respect of their health care needs."

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