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Vision and Objectives

Vision

The local NHS and Cheshire West and Chester Council's vision for joining up care:

"The local NHS and Cheshire West and Chester Council is committed to developing a joined-up health and care system that is safe, affordable and, most importantly, meets the needs of the people of Cheshire West.

We know local people are passionate about NHS and care services – we are too. At a time when demand is rising faster than budgets, we need to do more to protect and improve local services. Continuing with more of the same is not an option – a different approach is required.

In Cheshire West we have a strong track record of working together but we know we can do even better to deliver long-term changes that are backed by investment. Our plans to further join up care in Cheshire West have been carefully thought through, led by clinicians and frontline staff and shaped by the experiences of local people.

Joining up health and care will help the people of Cheshire West live longer, healthier lives at home, or in a homely setting. Patients will be at the centre of all decisions and will receive higher standards of quality and safety."

Objectives

The local NHS and Cheshire West and Chester Council have set out the following objectives of joining up care:
  • To improve the overall health and wellbeing of the people of Cheshire West and support more people to lead healthy lifestyles to protect themselves from avoidable illness. This will include working with communities and partners to tackle a number of major causes of ill-health such as smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity.
  • To ensure people can access the right services when they need them and receive a positive experience of care which is well-coordinated and tailored to their needs.
  • To support people with long-term health and care needs to improve their quality of life by empowering them to manage their own health and maintain independence.
  • To reduce the number of unplanned hospital admissions and the time people spend in hospital by helping more people recover from illness or injury and stay healthy after treatment.
  • To make sure people are always cared for in a safe environment, protected from avoidable harm and that people with mental health conditions receive parity of esteem when they use local services.
  • To improve people’s experience of care with increased choice and access to services.
  • To create a financially sustainable health and care system which encourages innovation and empowers local people and frontline staff.
  • To support people at the end of their lives with services which are responsive to their individual needs and preferences.

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