Surrey County Council and First Community join forces to improve services for people in east Surrey

Published on 28/03/2018
From 3 April 2018, First Community’s intermediate care team (ICT) and Surrey County Council’s Adult Social Care Reablement Service will start to work collaboratively as one team to respond better to the adults they support with health and social care needs across east Surrey. The teams typically work with older people following a period of ill-health to support them to regain skills at home following a stay in hospital or to prevent them going into hospital.
This collaborative working is in line with plans to integrate NHS and social care services. The aim is for each person receiving  ICT and reablement  to have one assessment and one support plan to meet their health and social care needs.   First Community’s ICT provides nursing and therapy support (such as occupational therapy and physiotherapy) and SCC’s Adult Social Care Reablement Service supports individuals within their own home to regain skills to live as independently as possible. 
To support closer working, a memorandum of understanding has been agreed, underpinning the two organisation’s intention and commitment to work together.  Staff will retain their current terms and conditions with a shared commitment and focus on collaboration to improvement the resident experience and care.
In response to feedback from people currently using the services provided by First Community and Surrey County Council the benefits will be:
• easier for people to get all their needs met at the same time by one team 
• working at a larger scale, while still offering a personalised service there will be able less duplication. 
• better use of limited specialist skills and talent share 
• consistent high quality services to meet the needs of the people of east Surrey.
Steve Porter SCC Area Director Adults (East) said: ‘This is a great example of health and social care working more collaboratively and paves the way for further integration.’
Sarah Billiald, First Community CEO added: ‘Bringing together these two teams is a major step forward as we work together with a range of health and social care providers to join up services to benefit people living in east Surrey.’
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For more information contact: Jenny Rawlinson or Eleanor Stock, Communication Team, First Community, 01737 775 462
Notes for editors:
First Community is an award-winning organisation which is part of the NHS family delivering community healthcare services in east Surrey and the surrounding area. We offer a friendly face with highly rated, well-run services, delivered by our skilled people. We provide high-quality nursing and therapy services, children and family services as well as a rehabilitation ward and Minor Injury Unit at Caterham Dene Hospital. 
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