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PRAISE has been given for a scheme to allow the NHS and social services to work closer together.

The Better Care fund, which combines £16.8m of funding from Portsmouth City Council and the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, takes effect from April next year.

As reported, the aim of pooling money is to ensure those who need help only tell their story once, and there is more unity between the health service and social care services.

A public event took place for people to find out more about the fund.

Councillor Frank Jonas, in charge of health and social care for Portsmouth City Council, was at the event.

He said: ‘Bringing the work of the NHS and social care closer together through Better Care is set to make a real difference to how we support people.

‘It allows us to focus on preventing illness and injuries that could lead to debilitating and costly spell in hospital.

‘In providing the help people need to stay independent, our aim will be to provide as much health and social care as we can in peoples own homes.’

It is also hoped the money will ensure people stay out of hospital unless needed, and remain independent in their own home.

To find out more email bettercare@portsmouthcc.gov.uk, call (023) 9283 4155 or visit portsmouthcc.gov.uk and search ‘better care’.