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Minister visits Leicester to view local progress of BCF work

20th November 2014 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Kris Hopkins MP is Member of Parliament for Keighley and Ilkley and representative of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The minister will be met by Sue Lock (Managing Director of Leicester City CCG), Sarah Prema (Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Leicester City CCG) and Dr Catherine Free (Clinical Director, Leicester’s Hospitals) and given a demonstration of some of the local BCF projects in action.

This includes the Unscheduled Care Team, comprised of the Integrated Crisis Response Service (ICRS)* and locality general managers from Adult Social Care and Primary Care Coordinators from health, working together with hospital consultants to help get patients home from hospital more quickly, supported by care delivered in their own home.

Sue Lock, managing director for Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We are delighted to welcome the minister to Leicester as it gives us the opportunity to showcase the integrated work that is taking place between local health and social care partners. We will use this occasion to explain the diverse challenges we face in Leicester, as well as demonstrate our achievements, our visions and aspirations for better patient care and outcomes in Leicester City.”

Ministers Kris Hopkins (DCLG) and Norman Lamb (DH) have already visited a handful of local areas to see first-hand the work being delivered on BCF.

The Leicester City Better Care Fund (BCF) is a joint fund between Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Leicester City Council, supported by local health and social care partners including Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, East Midlands Ambulance Services, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, SSAFA Care and Leicester City GP practices.

The Fund is being used for those patients that are likely to benefit from it most, such as patients who are aged 60 years of age and above, younger adults with three or more health conditions as well as anyone with dementia.

The BCF contributes to the Better Care Together programme, a five year strategy that is being developed across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to transform health and social care services. More information can be found at www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk.

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