NHS and local authorities will work together to plan and buy the highest quality, most effective and best-value care for older people in their local communities
To do this we will:
- make sure contracts give all care home residents consistent and coordinated high quality services
- bring together separate NHS and local authority contracts for residential and community care to make sure they meet the needs of older people
- make sure spending is effective.
It is better for people because:
- older people will be able to rely on getting the right support, in the right place, at the right time
- better quality services will help keep older people healthier and at home
- it will save older people time, reduce delays, frustration and worry.
It is better for the health and care system because:
- the best care and services affordable will be put in place
- planning and buying together will drive up quality and increase power to negotiate better value deals
- consistent higher standards will mean fewer older people needing unplanned overnight stays in hospital, so wards will run more smoothly, including scheduled operations and emergency care.
- there are over 300,000 over 65’s in NW London
- across NW London’s eight boroughs, there is a twenty per cent difference in how much the NHS pays for nursing homes
- planning and buying together could reduce some costs by 20-30 per cent, freeing up more money to invest elsewhere in the health and care system
- by mid-2039, eight per cent of people (one in 12) will be aged 80 or over.
- all eight boroughs offer residents a consistent standard, removing the ‘postcode lottery’ effect
- more effective use of existing budgets.