Cornwall has some of the most deprived areas in the country and our population is amongst the poorest in Europe. I am proud to be part of an organisation that is driven to reduce inequalities and develop health and social care services that are built around the needs of individual people and local communities.
We have developed a way of working that keeps the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly at the centre of our planning. Bringing the wider community into the care of others, with the recognition of the advantages to be gained from involvement of the voluntary sector, is beginning to see objective evidence of reduced spend in health and social care, whilst at the same time improving the quality and experience of care. I look forward to increased partnership working between our providers, further integration with social care, education, the police and community groups, so that we continue to see those who live here and those that work here shape our services to meet the growing demand of an ageing population.
This can only be achieved by radically transforming the way we work, staying the same is not an option. Transforming community teams built around clusters of GP practices has already begun, that must continue at pace if we are to see improvements in the health outcomes of our population. We all have a part to play, as clinicians, managers and most importantly as people. Everything we do has a consequence elsewhere in the system; we might spend around one per cent of the total NHS budget for England here in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, but every wasted prescription avoided and every referral made with consideration means we have more to invest in that transformation, which has to be better for everyone who lives in the place we call home.
Dr Paul Cook
Chair of NHS Kernow