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Care must be looked at holistically

Enham Trust comments following the Autumn Statement 2016


Enham Trust comments following the 2016 Autumn statement from Chancellor Phillip Hammond.

We appreciate the difficult financial position of the chancellor and his efforts to provide an efficient National Health Service and effective social care and we recognise that however much money he finds, there will always be demands for more. However we are disappointed that this Autumn Statement offered no additional relief to ease the growing funding crisis in health and social care.

This makes it ever more important that we recognise it’s not all about spending more money; it’s about making what we do have go further. At Enham Trust, we have worked to develop some innovative, cost effective ideas as a third sector care provider that would help to make NHS and social care budgets more efficient, allowing them to help and care for more people.

A central database of care resources kept up to date and accessible by all care and health professionals be they private, NHS or third sector, would improve efficiency. Our experience is that referring parties are often unaware of some of the country’s best and most innovative care facilities, often provided by the third sector at a fraction of what it costs the NHS.

Similarly, a mechanism where regional data can be shared between the different health and care parties would save time and money. Data is currently kept in silos, risking the creation of disparate records for the same services, facilities and even residents. It’s inefficient, ineffective and expensive.

Finally, we would like to see a reformed approach to care and health budgets. Care must be looked at holistically, in terms of not only therapies and procedures, but also patient cost. It’s time to stop the health and social care domino effect – where a demand for localised cost savings deliver a small saving in one place while creating a disproportionately larger spend elsewhere.

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