Councillors to consider investing in Connecting Care Hubs

27/02/2018, PR8754

​Senior councillors are to discuss a proposal to invest £2.2m in buildings which provide health and social services to adults in the district.

Cllr Pat Garbutt

​The Council is working with its NHS partners to bring together health and adult social care services so that it can improve caring arrangements for vulnerable adults and older people.

Members of Wakefield Council's Cabinet will consider a plan to use capital funding to set up a new Connecting Care Hub at Holywell Centre, Castleford. The proposal is also to redevelop and make changes to the Waterton and Bullenshaw Connecting Care Hubs buildings so they become a base for more health and social care staff.

Councillors are being asked to approve the plan and will make their decision at a Cabinet Meeting on March 6.

​Cllr Pat Garbutt, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: "We share a vision with our partners in the NHS and the voluntary sector for all of the district's citizens to enjoy long and healthy lives.

"This proposal will support joined up health and social care services to make it easier for people in poor health to get the support they need, from people with the right skills and in the right place."

Investing in buildings and updating them would enable more specialist staff to be based in the district's Connecting Care Hubs. This will enable staff including mental health and social care staff, administrative workers, physiotherapists, pharmacists and dieticians to work more closely together, and to share information so that they can help people who  have many complex needs.

The approach aims to help vulnerable adults and enable more support and practical help to carers, frail elderly people and older people who are socially isolated.

By offering more care and support at an early stage to vulnerable adults, the plan is to also reduce the numbers of people going to Accident and Emergency units, help support hospital discharge and reduce care home admissions.

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