An example of the effectiveness of collaborative working across our local health and social care economy is a large scale project to review patients from Coventry and Warwickshire who have received their care outside of the area. Working in this way meant huge financial savings and patient experience improvements are being made.
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Since April 2011 more than 100 assessments of people with mental health or learning disabilities who received treatment outside of Coventry and Warwickshire have been undertaken and 40 patients have been returned to local services or had changes made to their current plan of care to ensure it meets their needs.
We anticipate that £3m will be saved by 2013 across Warwickshire & Coventry as a result of this work. This work continues at pace and more patients have returned to the area since April. Bringing people back to into local services ensures their needs are met by existing providers and their recovery is supported by being close to family and friends. This also saves money on expensive packages of support that takes money out of the local health economy. The target that was set was ambitious and we are very pleased that it was achieved.
The project was a fantastic example of good and efficient work between local health services with involvement from our local mental health & learning disability provider, Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust (CWPT) and supported by Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council. In addition to bringing people back into local services, CWPT has worked hard to ensure its local services are more resilient in order to stop people needing to go outside of our local area for treatment.