Cornwall Council has announced a joint agreement with NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group as part of a new approach to working on social care, health commissioning and public health services.
The new joint ‘Accountable Officer’ role will incorporate the duties currently undertaken by Cornwall Council’s Strategic Director of Adult Care and Health and those of NHS Kernow’s Chief Officer to provide joined-up leadership.
Their role will be to deliver on the new vision for Health and Well-Being, agreed in January 2020, that states ‘by working together to tackle health inequalities, everyone can enjoy good health and wellbeing and grow, live, work and age well’.
The creation of a joint role builds on the already-close working between the two organisations and has the potential to deliver far-reaching benefits to local people by providing joint oversight, leadership, and focus to the delivery of health and social care services.
‘This role is the next step in bringing together Cornwall’s public health, social care and health services to make sure that people in Cornwall are receiving a more seamless service between their care and health needs,’ said Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Cllr Rob Rotchell.
‘When someone is in crisis it shouldn’t matter if their needs are due to their health or social care. By bringing these two important services together people should start to benefit from a much simpler and more integrated service.’
Dr Iain Chorlton, chair of NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, commented: ‘This is an important signal of our commitment to joint working. We recognise this will be a challenging role and have taken several months to prepare the groundwork for such an important leadership position, which is a key step in how we work together to transform and develop services that meet the needs of our unique population.
‘People expect us to work together to plan health and care, and this is a significant and positive step forward, which I believe will help us to improve the health of our population while delivering better value and impact for local taxpayers.’