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Posted on February 25th, 2010

Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth

Organisations involved

At present organisations involved are:

This is due to increase as the project grows.


Older peoples’ services


The aspiration of the work is to identify opportunities for genuine service transformation in older peoples’ services in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole through local innovation and collaboration. It is hoped this will substantially improve outcomes and deliver services at lower cost, drawing on the experiences of service users. Alongside this Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole also hope to make specific recommendations to central government on how barriers to collaboration can be broken down and use the Total Place project to allow greater local partnership working.

What is Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth currently doing?

The project team have been mapping high-level spending by working with finance leads from the partner organisations.  A number of key events have taken place, including meetings and workshops with councils and other public agencies, the third sector, older people, community leaders and a simulation day in which the ‘whole system’ approach was explored.

The project team held a brainstorm session with national and local colleagues from DWP. Two ideas are being explored:

The main elements of the current work programme are:

Acute: How many older people could be ‘diverted’ from acute health and intensive social care provision and how? What funding would be released?


Community Services: What other forms of support could meet the needs of those people and how can we build confidence in that support? What would these services cost?


Well being: What would a comprehensive, sustainable well-being strategy look like and what would the priorities be? What funding to support this strategy would be available as a result of the efficiencies achieved.

You can find out more information, and download a copy of Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth”s interim report, at their dedicated web page.


Chris Kippax, Dorset County Council

telephone: 01305 228283

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