Redbridge considering joining up health and adult social care

Cllr Mark Santos.

Cllr Mark Santos. - Credit: Archant

The unique partnership would see community health and social care staff work integrated – but almost 100 jobs will be at risk.

If agreed by cabinet, the measures would see Redbridge Council and North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) make a single access point for users.

Health and adult social care would merge together with integrated teams under one management structure.

But the committee report states 53 staff posts will be deleted and 98 jobs will be at risk.

It adds workers raised concerns about job security and an increased workload in the consultation period.

Cllr Mark Santos, cabinet member for health and social care said the main aim is a “focus on prevention and early intervention” with patients.

He continued: “Improved service delivery is critical to this redesign and the aim is to develop a locally based sustainable, preventative and quality health and adult social care service for our residents.”

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Staff, voluntary sector partners, the Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group were consulted, as well as users and their carers.

Cllr Santos added: “The new service models have been organised around the needs of our community and will bring together expertise across all sections to increase improvement in the health and wellbeing of our residents.”

The report, to be presented to the Health, Social Care and Civic Pride Service Committee on Monday, states the measures will save £1.2million per year.