The Executive Portfolio Holder for Adult Care and Health, Councillor Diane Smith, has paid tribute to staff working at Bromley Council after winning a National award for Care Services and Health in Bromley at the highly regarded MJ Achievements Awards on Friday 17th September 2021.
The London Borough of Bromley won the ‘Care and Health Integration Award’ for two initiatives developed in the Borough: the first being the improved way residents are discharged from hospital with the appropriate care in place to support their recovery, whilst the second related to the extended support given to care homes across the Borough during the Covid 19 pandemic.
The local initiatives were introduced by the ‘OneBromley’ partnership which comprises of Bromley Council, Local NHS providers, Commissioners, and the Voluntary Sector, and which seeks to bring these groups together to collaborate and deliver more effective and joined up services for local people.
As part of this partnership, the first initiative established a single point of access’ (SPA) , hosted by Bromley Healthcare. The SPA brings together services to help to ensure arrangements for timely hospital discharge and the provision of appropriate support and care packages to help residents to recover and regain their independence.
Bromley has one of the highest populations of older residents in London, so the second project – the ‘Integrated Care Home Support Programme’ – aimed to get the best support to the Boroughs 53 care homes during the pandemic. This saw a multi-agency professional network established to provide proactive support to the Boroughs Care Homes to prevent the spread and impact of Covid-19 through Care Homes locally.
Councillor Diane Smith, Portfolio Holder for Adult Care and Health said:
“I am absolutely delighted and so incredibly proud of everyone across the Borough who has been involved with these two projects.
These have been very challenging and unprecedented times. The incredible staff here at Bromley Council who have alongside our local Health and Care partners worked so hard on the front line to make sure we had an effective response to ensuring timely hospital discharge, support to our care homes and effective joined up services which could react quickly to the emerging pandemic, quite rightly need to be applauded.
I am therefore thrilled that the work and commitment that was made by staff across the partnership to ensure the best for Bromley residents has been fully recognised with this National award.
Looking ahead we will continue to bring together and work more closely with health and care service providers and the voluntary sector to deliver better and more effective care for our residents.”