Health blueprint for five-year plan to be discussed

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A FIVE-year plan will join up health and social care services in Portsmouth to deliver better services and save money.

The Blueprint for Health and Care in Portsmouth document is being presented at a council meeting today.

It gives details of how health trusts and local authorities will work together so patients only need to tell their story once to get help.

There will be no new money, but funding will be found from existing budgets at Portsmouth City Council and the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, which buys in health services for the city.

Changes that could come about as a result include creating more community hubs across the city and increasing the services patients can get from primary care.

Council chief executive David Williams said: ‘The blueprint is a very wide-ranging programme across a number of organisations.

‘No costings have been undertaken at this stage, but any funding will have to be found from within available resources.

‘The next stage is to break the journey down into a number of steps, each of which will be assessed for its effectiveness.

‘A change programme of this scale would normally take five-plus years to fully implement.

‘However it’s highly likely changes that will impact on the blueprint will be imposed from a national level during implementation, and therefore we will have to be prepared to adapt accordingly.

‘Nonetheless, we do not feel we should or can afford to wait for that and should progress with finding solutions to our circumstances.’

The blueprint is being presented at the city council’s health and wellbeing board. Another area it also covers is looking at property and estates to see how they can 
be better used to provide healthcare.