European funding is supporting efforts in Kent to tackle the familiar challenge of caring for an ageing population at a time of reduced public funding.
The Transforming Integrated Care in the Community project is being delivered in the county by KCC, its Design and Learning Centre for Clinical and Social Innovation and Kent Community Health Foundation Trust.
The European Union has now granted a significant amount of funding to the TICC project to tackle precisely this issue in the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The project is worth just over £7 million, with £4.25 milion coming from the European Regional Development Fund’s Interreg V 2 Seas programme. The rest will be match-funded by project partners.
Project partners in each country share difficulties in recruiting and retaining health and social care staff and also experience significant blockages to the introduction of new models of care. However, an innovative, integrated care at home model from the Netherlands has made a significant impact there.
TICC will produce a blueprint for the successful transfer of innovative models of health and social care service delivery from one geographical and cultural context to another. This will show the barriers that partners have faced in the implementation of the Buurtzorg model locally, and how they have overcome them. To date, this element of recognising, addressing and resolving strategic and practical barriers has not been adequately resourced.
The project will upskill 5,000 health and social care staff across its four-year lifecycle, with 450 teams across the project area understanding how to implement new integrated models of care. The implementation of these approaches will deliver significant savings to taxpayers’ expenditure on health and social care.
Anne Tidmarsh, Director Older People and Physical Disability said: “The TICC project will effect real change in integrated community care, by sharing and implementing the best available practice from neighbouring regions. Significant experience in the Netherlands will be developed and tested locally, becoming a transferable blueprint benefitting our communities as well as those in other parts of Europe. Kent County Council and its Design and Learning Centre for Clinical and Social Innovation are very pleased to be part of this project.”
TICC will open the doors for transferring ideas from one health and care system to another, enabling other health and social care organisations to implement them, increasing productivity, retention and patient satisfaction, and reducing cost, emergency admissions and staff absence.
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Interreg 2 Seas: http://www.interreg2seas.eu/
Interreg 2 Seas 2014-2020 is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme covering England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders). The Programme is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and has a total of €241m (£203m) ERDF to co-finance projects in the 2014 – 2020 period.
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