I believe strongly that prevention is better than cure and that increased wellbeing at home can lead to better health, better quality of life and reduced need for medical support.
I have been working with a number of organisations, including Age UK Cornwall, Volunteer Cornwall and Cornwall Arts and Health, on projects which explore how people can improve their wellbeing, and how this in turn can improve their health. I want these projects to shape healthcare across Cornwall.
I have been campaigning in Parliament for this wellbeing-focused approached to healthcare, calling for health and social care to be integrated so that enabling people to be happy and healthy in their own homes is seen to be just as important as giving first class hospital care. I am delighted that Cornwall was chosen by the Government to be one of fourteen pioneer areas exploring how this integration could work and will continue to support the volunteers and professionals trailblazing this approach here.
Wellbeing should be a focus throughout life, and at the end of life. I am working with Macmillan Cancer Support to remove the means test for social care at the end of life, helping more people to die in the comfort of their own home, with full palliative support, if they choose to do so. I want to see this choice established as a key principle of NHS care. I worked with Health Watch Cornwall on their work to deliver a good death at the end of life in Cornwall. A report of this work can be found at the end this page.
Feeling secure in your own home really helps to boost wellbeing and I want more of us to enjoy the benefits of this. As well as supporting Help to Buy, which has to date helped nearly 30,000 families on average incomes buy their own homes, I successfully pushed for legislation that has set Councils free to build more Council Housing. I continue to push for Cornwall Council to make full use of these powers and deliver more genuinely affordable homes for local people. Meanwhile more money for new build rental properties, along with reform of the letting agency sector, should improve renting privately. Cornwall has received £21,248,740 from the Government's Affordable Homes Fund 2015-2018.
When people do need to go to their GP or to Treliske, they should benefit from the best possible care and be able to access a range of services. To help our hard working medical professionals to deliver that care I have worked with Ministers to secure a three year above inflation increase in funding for the NHS in Cornwall. At the foot of this page you will find a document that shows you the funding that the Kernow Commissioning Group (KCCG) is receiving. Additional funding on top of this increase includes for example £1.2 million that has enabled extensive improvements to be made to the Accident and Emergency Department at Treliske. I will continue to push for these funding increases to continue far into the future.
Local people need local services and I am working to bring new health services over the Tamar. These include perinatal mental health facilities, secured through the campaigning of the Angela Harrison Trust, and the first Admiral nurses to work in Cornwall, thanks to the hard work of the Cornwall branch of Dementia UK. Funding for building new facilities for young people with mental health and substance abuse problems has been secured too. I want to see these successes built on, with a particular focus on improving access to mental health services.
Perhaps the greatest issue facing the NHS in Cornwall today is the "bed blocking" at Treliske. Each day there are about three wards full of people who are ready to move home or onto a more appropriate care setting. Improving social care in Cornwall is essential. While social care is the responsibility of Cornwall Council I have taken action to try and persuade the leaders of the Council to improve the way they work with providers of care services and colleagues in the NHS. I was Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Group for Social Care and helped in the production of the reports below. In the next Parliament I want to implement the vital changes we identified in these reports.
Cornwall Council has received additional funding: the Public Health Ring-Fenced Grant since 2012 and The Better Care Fund:
Better Care Fund
Between 2017 and 2020 it has been announced that Cornwall Council will receive a further £23 million for social care - £12 million for 2016-2017 alone. It is essential that they spend this money wisely to improve care.
Below are links to the Future of Social Care and Key to Care reports:
Also below is a link to the recent Cornwall Local Enterprise Partnership report on the Care Market in Cornwall:
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