In 2019, One Croydon launched a five-year Health and Care Plan to support people in our diverse communities to improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing. During the Covid-19 pandemic, health, care and voluntary and community sector organisations came together with the wider community, united in purpose to work together to achieve better health outcomes by working closely together.
Our Health and Care Plan
Our vision remains the same – to deliver better care and support tailored to the needs of our communities and available closer to home. We will meet this ambition by bringing together the borough’s NHS physical and mental health services, along with GPs, social care and the voluntary sector, joining up services to provide more holistic care.
We are committed to our original aims to:
- focus on prevention and proactive care: preventing or identifying and tackling illness and ill-health at the earliest possible opportunity
- unlock the power of communities: connecting local people with each other to help them stay fit, health and happier for longer
- put services back in the heart of the community: providing easier access to local integrated services tailored to the needs of Croydon’s communities
Following the impact of Covid-19, we have added new aims:
- Support people to recover from the effects of the pandemic. Covid-19 has identified and created new challenges for Croydon’s health and care system to address working hand-in-hand with our communities
- Support our health and care workforce. We will recruit, retain and develop our health and care staff so we can provide the high-quality and resilient services our communities deserve.
- Embed a population health management approach. We will use data, technology and public health expertise to put in place the right services, investment and approach for Croydon.
- Tackle inequalities. To drive equality in health, we will also address equality in wider areas that impact health, like housing, employment and education.
How will we know if we’ve made a difference?
We will know that our plans for Croydon are effective and making a difference if we see:
- reduced inequalities in healthy life expectancy
- improved school readiness for early years children
- reduced number of term babies born with low birth weight
- increase in the number of adults living with learning disabilities who are living in appropriate accommodation
- more people with long term conditions feeling supported to manage their condition
- mental health – at least 50% of people completing treatment with Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) should recover