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Leicestershire Partnership Trust is involved in the Better Care Together programme, which is the biggest ever review of health and social care in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).

The programme is a partnership of NHS organisations and local authorities across the area. It is driven by a shared recognition that major changes are needed to ensure that services are of the right quality and capable of meeting the future needs of the local communities.

The aim is to improve services and people’s experience of them by focussing on community-based prevention and care – while at the same time addressing the major financial challenges.

The partners in Better Care Together are:

• Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
• Leicester City Council
• West Leicestershire CCG
• Leicestershire County Council
• East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG
• Rutland County Council
• University Hospitals of Leicester
• Leicestershire Partnership Trust
• NHS England Local Area Team
• Health and Wellbeing Boards (Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland).

Doctors, managers and a wide range of other professionals have worked over several months with input from patients, public and voluntary groups, to produce a single strategy to deliver the shared vision of all these organisations. This work is supported by some key principles which are summarised here:

• We will work together
• We will involve local people in our decision-making
• We will address inequality between mental and physical health services
• We will make improvements by striving to be the best
• We will be rigorous in ensuring value for money

The result is a five-year plan, setting out the ideas for how care could be delivered in the future. A summary of the plan  and the full version, can be found alongside other information at www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk.

During the summer further discussion and review took place, which is leading to the development of more detailed options for change at the end of October 2014.

Next steps
The next phase will be about starting to implement plans, once they have been prepared in more detail. There will be a formal consultation with the public before any significant changes to services are made. When this happens is still to be determined.

Involvement
Patients, public and voluntary organisations have already been heavily engaged in the work of Better Care Together.  If you want to get involved with the BCT project or want further information:
 
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