Three local authorities in Dorset are teaming up with local health bodies to integrate and improve health and social care provision
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Key projects in Dorset include early intervention and prevention, helping people to stay independent for longer and receive care and support in their homes or closer to their homes.
Work will also focus on delaying the need for long-term care and unnecessary hospital admissions.
There are plans to extend the shared information and advice service open to everyone, shared signposting and support, shared services in hospitals including more help in arranging services for people who fund their own care.
Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole already spend over £1bn on health and social care each year, and increasing demands on services due to an increasing number of older people makes this a priority area for reform.
By working together and joining up services, partners are confident they can get the best value from the services as well as make improvements.
The partnership involves Dorset CC, Bournemouth BC and the Borough of Poole, the Dorset clinical commissioning group Dorset HealthCare, the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals, Poole Hospital and Dorset Hospital.
Closer working will also be explored with the districts and boroughs of Dorset, in particular with their accessible homes and independent living services which are being recommissioned during 2013-15.