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Working Together - how health, social care and fire and rescue services can increase their reach, scale and impact through joint working

The Fire and Rescue Service has a long and successful history of prevention and early intervention. By working in partnership with other organisations, their expertise and experience in prevention can contribute to the wider health and wellbeing agenda.

Fire and rescue services and health and social care organisations are at the heart of their communities; they seek to help people stay safe and well in their homes and in their neighbourhoods. They are concerned with prevention and early intervention. Most importantly, all are reaching out to the same people and families who find themselves at risk of accident or ill health.

On 1 October 2015 NHS England, the Chief Fire Officers Association, the Local Government Association, Public Health England and Age UK published a joint consensus statement setting out a national commitment to improve health and wellbeing. This will be achieved through the collaborative use of resources and capacity to encourage joint strategies for intelligence-led prevention and early intervention. The aim is to support vulnerable people and those with complex needs to get the personalised, integrated care and support they need to live full lives and sustain their independence for longer, thus reducing demand on fire, health and social care services.

This approach will also assist in reducing future demand by equipping those not yet in need with access to information and support to change behaviours and promote independence.