Community Care

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Lisa Cameron Lisa Cameron Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Mental Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the delivery of accessible community rehabilitation care.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Rehabilitation is a fundamental part of our modern health system. Services should be built around the patient, addressing their needs in an integrated manner and provided close to home where safe to do so.

To achieve this, the Department is committed to supporting our vital community services, facilitated by £4.5 billion of investment for primary and community health services, outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan. This investment will fund, amongst other things, expanded community multidisciplinary teams aligned with primary care networks.

NHS England has committed to improve community health response services within the next five years to deliver crisis services within two hours and reablement care within two days across the country. This urgent response and recovery support will be delivered by flexible teams working across primary care and local hospitals, developed to meet local needs.

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