Report of the Kent Health Commission
How can we fund Britain's Social Care Demand?
Author: Kent Health Commission, supported by Localis |
REPORT OF THE KENT HEALTH COMMISSION
HOW CAN WE FUND BRITAIN'S SOCIAL CARE DEMAND?
Localis supported and advised on the Kent Health Commission’s report on how Kent could take advantage of the reforms set out in Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS.
This update report is based on the findings provided through a process of engagement with local health and social care professionals led by the Kent Health Commission during November and December 2011, and the production of interim reports in December 2011 and February 2012.
The Commission believes that the health and social care system in Kent can be improved, but there is concern that clinically-driven ambitions could be lost within bureaucratic process. As the NHS reforms are implemented during this year and the next, the priority of PCTs should be to support clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to take control of budgets and commissioning decisions.
An initial 5% shift of activity from acute to primary and community health could release at least 59m a year in Kent ? an average of 5m per Kent district. This is attainable and should be a year-on-year shift which will lead to a significant cumulative impact.