Focus for 2017-2019
- Maintaining standards in healthcare and keeping people well.
- Prioritising independence and providing care in community settings to keep people out of hospital unless really necessary.
- Developing new services to support children, mental health and primary care.
Savings & New Revenue
By 2016 the Health and Social Services department will have made savings of £7.5 million . The department is now committed to making a further £5.7 million of recurring savings between 2017 and 2019 by:
- Reviewing and improving long-term care services
- Reviewing charges and subsidies
- Working with the eGov team and Digital Jersey to streamline services through technology
- Reducing transformation funding by £1 million - delivered through additional efficiency in implementation of services:
In addition to growth funding of £7.9 million in 2016, to support our key areas of focus we will be allocating a further £30.8 million of growth between 2017 and 2019 for:
- Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, improving outcomes for the most vulnerable, providing high quality child protection and looked after children services
- Implementing the Mental Health Strategy
- Implementing the Sustainable Primary Care strategy
- Providing more care in people’s homes, to keep Islanders independent for as long as possible
- Improving quality and reducing cost and ensuring services are appropriate for the newly designed Hospital
- Supporting a Health and Wellbeing Framework that connects existing health improvement and preventative strategies
- Updating and improving regulation that relates to health services
The Department will also be able to draw on earmarked funds of £1.65 million from 2017 provided for initiatives to support vulnerable children.