HCT welcomes emphasis on community and primary care in NHS Long Term Plan

Posted: January 9 2019

HCT welcomes emphasis on community and primary care in NHS Long Term Plan

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) welcomes the NHS Long Term Plan which was published on 7 January. The plan includes a commitment to increasing investment in primary and community health services.

Clare Hawkins, Chief Executive of HCT, said: “We welcome the Long Term Plan and we are particularly pleased to see that it recognises the contribution that primary and community health services make to patient care. Investing in these services will help us to provide more care in people’s homes and the community, supporting them to stay at home wherever possible and avoid them getting to the point where they have to be admitted to an acute hospital.

“Here in Hertfordshire, we are already working closely with our colleagues in primary care and social care to make this a reality. We have introduced referral hubs for our adult community health services which speed up the process of triaging and managing patients who can be seen in the community. We are also working to improve services for our most frail residents so that we can better support them to manage their health and social care needs and to stay at home. The Long Term Plan sets out a commitment to create fully integrated community-based healthcare and to enable us to introduce more multidisciplinary teams – where different health and social care professionals come together to manage individual patients’ care and support – as well as increasing dedicated healthcare support for people living in care homes. All of these will help us to make a step change in how we care for our communities in the future.”

“With our colleagues and partners across the Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), we are also developing our own local strategy so that we can move towards a population-based approach to health and social care that will deliver real long term benefits to our communities.”

There is a summary and analysis of the NHS Long Term Plan which you can find here.

If you are a journalist or media representative requiring further information contact our communications team on (01707) 388148 or via communications@hct.nhs.uk