Govern­ment cash boost to trans­form care ser­vices

The Oban Times - - News -

THE SCOT­TISH Govern­ment is in­vest­ing £1.84 mil­lion in Ar­gyll and Bute to ‘ trans­form health and so­cial care ser­vices’, writes Sandy Neil.

The In­te­grated Care Fund (ICF) is a three-year source of fund­ing from 2015 to 2018 to help health and so­cial care part­ner­ships ( HSCP) sup­port in­vest­ment in in­te­grated ser­vices.

Its key pur­pose is to ‘act as a cat­a­lyst for trans­form­ing health and so­cial care ser­vices through fo­cus­ing on an­tic­i­pa­tion, pre­ven­tion and early in­ter­ven­tion, and main­tain­ing peo­ple’s health and well be­ing’, an HSCP spokesper­son ex­plained.

Ar­gyll and Bute HSCP has re­ceived £1.84 mil­lion in the first year and of this £1.04 mil­lion was di­rected to­wards build­ing on health and so­cial care ser­vices across the re­gion.

This year’s fund­ing, the spokesper­son added, will sup­port a range of work such as ‘man­age­ment and pre­ven­tion of falls – pre­vent­ing peo­ple end­ing up in hos­pi­tal; self man­age­ment – as­sist­ing and em­pow­er­ing pa­tients to man­age their con­di­tion; re­able­ment – help­ing peo­ple to re­gain the abil­ity to look af­ter them­selves; an in­te­grated equip­ment store/care and re­pair team – en­hanc­ing the scale and range of equip­ment and re­sponse time to sup­port peo­ple in their own homes and al­low safe dis­charge from hos­pi­tal’.

The re­main­ing £ 800,000 was also de­volved di­rectly to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties across Ar­gyll and Bute.

Oban, Lorn and the Isles re­ceived £182,348, Mid Ar­gyll, Kin­tyre and Is­lay £ 200,754, He­lens­burgh and Lomond £196,066 and Bute and Cowal £ 220,832.

Lo­cal­ity plan­ning groups were es­tab­lished to gov­ern and ac­count for the de­liv­ery of the HSCP’s strate­gic plan at a lo­cal level, the spokesper­son said.

Its re­view, which was based on need, pri­or­ity and ev­i­dence, agreed that a num­ber of ex­ist­ing lo­cal pro­jects would be con­tin­u­ing into 2016/17 and also led to £ 410,000 be­ing avail­able across the HSCP for new ini­tia­tives.

At the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber 2016, the HSCP in­vited ap­pli­ca­tions from across the third sec­tor, in­de­pen­dent sec­tor and the HSCP to ap­ply for this lo­cal­ity fund­ing, and 28 ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived to­talling nearly £ 731,800.

The suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants for 2016-17 in Oban, Lorn and the Isles are Oban Link Club, Oban Youth Café, Hos­pi­tal Out­reach Pre­ven­ta­tive Sup­port, Coll Healthy Op­tions, Is­land Based Carer Sup­port Ser­vices, Lorn Healthy Op­tions, Lorn Med­i­cal Cen­tre, and Ap­pin Com­mu­nity Trans­port Scheme. Suc­cess­ful within Mid Ar­gyll, Kin­tyre and Is­lay are Is­lay and Jura Health and Care Hub and Kin­tyre Be­friend­ing.

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