The Croydon Health and Care Plan outlines a fresh vision for how health and social care will be delivered across the borough, particularly for those with the greatest need, to transform the health and wellbeing of local people.
The plan emphasises three clear priorities:
- Focus on prevention and proactive care: supporting people to stay well, manage their own health and maintain their wellbeing by making sure they can get help early.
- Unlock the power of communities: connecting people to their neighbours and communities, who can provide unique support to stay fit and healthy for longer.
- Develop services in the heart of the community: giving people easy access to joined up services that are tailored to the needs of their local community
The plan builds on a number of successful schemes already in place in Croydon, including social prescribing, which makes it easier for GPs and nurses to connect people with a range of non-clinical services, and Personal Independence Coordinators, who support people with long term conditions to stay out of hospital by providing a link between the NHS, council and voluntary sector.
In addition to a focus on locality-based care, the plan outlines proposals for Croydon’s acute and mental health trusts. The aim is to enable patients to be treated closer to home, which would support local hospitals, making them more financially sustainable providers of excellent care locally.