£16.8m Better Care Fund is given the green light

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A MULTIMILLION-pound scheme to pool NHS and council funds to provide better funding for care has been approved.

The Better Care Fund will bring together £16.8m from the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group and Portsmouth City Council.

From April next year the money will be used to provide 
help and support to the frail and elderly, to keep them out of hospital.

Julian Wooster, strategic director for adults’ services at the council, said: ‘I’m very happy with this official approval and it means we can start work.

‘Changes to our population – people living longer and often with one or more long-term health condition; and restricted finances mean that it is vital for all partners across health and social care to work more effectively together.

‘That will ensure that services are sustainable.’