Buckinghamshire County Council is expected to save £5.2 million in health and social care costs after embarking on a project to radically redesign service delivery.
Business management consultancy Peopletoo, which teamed up with the council earlier this year after it witnessed a 53% reduction in government funding, says the council is using digital tools, strengths-based practice and prevention models to make it easier for people to take care of themselves at home, improve their lives and remain independent.
“This prevents or delays the need for expensive care packages,” said Peopletoo chief executive Maggie Kenney. “Support from short-term services has been increased to focus more on helping people maintain or regain their independence. We are on track to deliver £5.2m savings in the first year.”
One of the first steps for Buckinghamshire County Council in redesigning health and social care service delivery was publishing Better Lives 2018-2021, a strategy for the future of adult social care in Buckinghamshire, in April 2018.
The model features three tiers: living independently, regaining independence, and living with support, later converted into operational work streams.
Peopletoo has also launched new market position statements on prevention, housing and technology, to start an ongoing conversation with providers about how they can better work together for sustainable outcomes.
“We integrated short-term services, working with the NHS to develop strengthsbased services focused on helping people to regain or maintain their independence,” said Ms Kenney.
“Similarly we transformed support services, moving away from traditional services in favour of tailored personalised support and increased choice.”