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MINISTER GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR BEXLEY'S NEW CARE TRUST

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The first major step towards bringing health and social care services for older and disabled people together into a...
The first major step towards bringing health and social care services for older and disabled people together into a new single organisation has been taken with ministerial approval being given to the plans.

The new Bexley Care Trust will now come into being on 1 October. It will include all the work of Bexley Primary Care Trust, as well as some of the work of Bexley LBC Social Services for older people and disabled people.

This is a significant milestone towards establishing the care trust although much work remains to be done in preparation for the organisational change

It is hoped the trust will provide a more co-ordinated service, because staff from one organisation will work together to meet their health and social care needs.

The new care trust will be one of only eight other care trusts in the country. It will provide, commission and develop health service for all Bexley residents and provide integrated health and social care services for older people and disabled people who are 18 and over.

Bexley cabinet member for social care and health, Donna Briant, welcomed the news saying: 'This is about providing better services for older and disabled people in the easiest way possible, putting people first.'

Kathy Balcombe, chair of Bexley PCT says: 'We welcome the ministerial decision which now gives us a firm foundation for the care trust development. The care trust is an exciting opportunity to organise health and social care services around the needs of older people and disabled people giving more choice and offering a more flexible service.'

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