Speaking at an event in Leeds, he confirmed Nottinghamshire had been chosen as a new ‘integration pioneer’ because of their innovative ideas to integrate health and care and will be given additional funding to support these programmes.
The aim is to make health and social care services work together to provide better support at home and earlier treatment in the community to prevent people needing emergency care in hospital or care homes.
The Minister also highlighted the successes that the 14 existing pioneering areas have already achieved through joining up their health and social care services.
Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, said: “I am delighted Nottinghamshire has been chosen to be an integrated care pioneer.”
“Through the original pioneers we have already seen the difference joining up health and care can have in reducing unnecessary emergency admissions and helping people to live independently for longer. I hope these new pioneers will do the same for their local community.”
“We know we need to work differently to respond to our growing ageing population - our £5.3 billion Better Care Fund, the biggest ever national programme to join up health and care, will focus resources on helping people to live independently, which will save money and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.
“These 14 visionary local areas have stepped up to develop innovative ways to manage care around people’s needs and improved the health and wellbeing of their communities – I hope other areas will follow their example.”