The local council is set to receive a £1.1 million extra funding boost to support urgent and emergency care this winter. 

The government has announced that Worcestershire County Council has received £1,118,803 to speed up hospital discharge, boost social care provision and prevent avoidable admissions in the county. 

The money is part of a £40 million fund that local councils with integrated care systems (ICSs) could apply for if they were identified by NHS England as experiencing the greatest challenges with urgent care. 

MP for Redditch and the Villages, Rachel Maclean, said: "We know winter will be challenging for our NHS, which is why the government started preparing earlier than ever before so my constituents can get the care they need. 

"This £1.1 million in targeted funding for Worcestershire will focus on speeding up hospital discharge and increasing social care provision, helping the NHS care for my constituents through the winter." 

The funding can also be used to buy more services aimed at keeping people out of hospital as well as more packages for home care, which will allow people to leave the hospital faster and build back their independence.