21st March 2011
Health and social care in Sheffield is set to get even better from 1st April, when the city’s community health services will transfer to be managed by the three local foundation trusts - Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.
At the same time, two new Transforming Community Services Partnership boards, one for adult services and one for children’s services will become fully operational and will help determine the best way services should be delivered in Sheffield.
The integration of community health services, which includes services such as nursing, health visiting and physiotherapy, will aim to improve coordination and communication between hospital, community, mental heath and social care services, resulting in patients experiencing more responsive and seamless care.
The move has been facilitated by NHS Sheffield and is designed to improve healthcare across the city. An example of this will be providing more services in the community, so patients will have convenient access to support to enable them to remain at home, rather than having to go into hospital.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, Andrew Cash, said:
“We now have a unique opportunity for community and hospital professionals to come together and share expertise which will result in real improvements for patients regardless of whether they need hospital or community services. Our aim is to provide the ‘right care to patients, in the right place at the right time’ and as efficiently as possible. We have some of the best healthcare professionals in the NHS working in Sheffield and by enabling them to work together without being hindered by individual organisational boundaries or processes is the start of a new era in the transformation of health services across the City. In the first instance the focus will be on improving services for patients with multiple long term conditions, patients who require urgent care and particularly the frail elderly.
Chris Sharratt, Chief Executive, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “A great deal of work has gone into planning this move, which will ensure Sheffield provides integrated, joined-up and easy to navigate services for children, young people, carers and professionals.
“It will see health visiting, school nursing, speech and language therapy and other children’s services transfer into Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust from April with a new, coordinated approach, which will transform health and social care services in the city.”
Kevan Taylor, Chief Executive, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust: "I am delighted to welcome all services and staff who are joining Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. This is a great opportunity for services across Sheffield to work more closely together to provide better care for the people of Sheffield. We are particularly keen to ensure that both peoples physical and psychological needs are met. To achieve this all services have to work in a more integrated way. The role of the new partnership Boards will be crucial to ensuring this."
The new Transforming Community Services Partnership boards will include patient representatives, GPs, the Local Authority, the three NHS Trusts and South Yorkshire Police. All of the members have commitment to working more closely together to make changes that will improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Sheffield.