Friday 28 November 2014

Sheffield has been awarded more than £1m in funding to drive forward innovative plans to help people stay healthy and well at home, and reduce pressure on health and social care services in the city.

The grant money was confirmed today after a successful bid for funding as part of the Government’s Transformational Challenge Award.

Sheffield City Council’s Leader, Cllr Julie Dore, said: “This demonstrates the strength of our partnership approach to improving health and well-being in the community.

“The extra funding means we can develop even more innovative approaches to keeping people well and healthy at home, before they reach a crisis point, and reach even more people.

“It’s really important to me that we make the most of our community support and enhance this wherever possible, to increase people’s quality of life and continue to provide the support that people need with the increasing pressures on our health and care services.”

The extra funding endorses successful work already underway in the city, including pilot projects which are helping people stay well at home, without having to go into hospital or rely on other services. It also aims to build support within communities so that people can easily access the help that they need.

In Sheffield, 40 to 60 percent of hospital admissions for many long term conditions are for avoidable causes. It is hoped that the extra funding will support thousands more people at moderate to high risk of hospital admission, to allow them to retain much of their independence and well-being for as long as possible.

Small scale pilot projects already exist in the city to boost community health and well-being and the extra funding will allow widespread expansion of these.

Sheffield’s successful bid identifies how services will be delivered differently with better use made of community assets to meet the needs of the growing older population and increasing numbers of people experiencing long-term conditions and severe mental illness and isolation.

The successful Transformation Challenge Award bid was developed by a partnership between Sheffield City Council, the Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust and Voluntary Action Sheffield.

Dr Zak McMurray, GP and Clinical Director at NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “It is wonderful news for Sheffield that we have secured this funding which we hope will make a real difference to local people as well as helping to reduce the pressure on health and care services.

“In Sheffield we have a strong partnership approach across health and social care and a long experience of joint working so receiving this funding will only go to strengthen that so we can continue to work together for the benefit of Sheffield people.”