Three new reports on partnership working between faith and local government.

NHS CEO calls for New Care Model

Radical changes are needed to put the NHS on a sustainable footing, particularly with regard to Britain’s aging population, according to chief executive of NHS England Simon Stevens. In a speech to the NHS Confederation this week, Mr Stevens is calling for the system to be redesigned around the needs of patients.

How best to support older people is the single most important question for the NHS, he believes, pointing out that too many patients end up in hospital because of a lack of basic help when they need it. Meanwhile, the system of care outside hospitals is too complex, meaning that patients fall through the gaps.

FaithAction welcomes Mr Steven’s call for new models of care – models that are flexible according to the different needs of local populations but which focus on the community as a care provider.

Faith settings are ideal partners in offering health and social care at a community level because of their access to local populations, some of whom might be considered ‘hard to reach’ for traditional services. By offering information, signposting people to health services and simply acting as a point of contact and support, they can help address low-level problems before they escalate. Stronger partnerships between health professionals and faith settings could be a powerful preventative force in a redesigned health service.

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