Reforming services in government key projects 2016-2018

Reforming of practices as part of the health and social services reform will also be carried out in government key projects.

Improved home care for older persons and enhanced informal care in all age groups

The aim with the key project is to provide elderly people and informal caregivers and family carers with well-coordinated and cost-efficient services on a more equal basis than before. A successful restructuring of services requires a remodelling of service contents and development of skills of those who work with elderly people. 

Key actors include elderly people, their relatives, service organisers and providers, personnel and management, parishes, third sector operators and private service providers. In 2016–2018, reform work at local level is reinforced through several projects that will be experimenting with and establishing service packages for elderly people as well as practices for informal and family care.

Programme to address child and family services

The goal of the key project is to achieve better services that are more child and family-oriented, effective and cost-efficient than before, and also better coordinated. The best interests of the child and support for parenthood are primary issues.

Basic services will be strengthened, and the focus will be moved to preventive services and early support.

The national reform programme involves a comprehensive service package: maternity and child health clinics, other healthcare services, child protection, school, early childhood education and care as well as recreational services.

Services to be based on client needs

Healthcare and social welfare services will be transformed to form client-oriented service packages.

The key project incorporates several smaller projects, including a service voucher experiment, electronic services for self-management of health, a public service pledge and an operating model for client involvement and expertise by experience.

Health and wellbeing will be fostered and inequalities reduced

The objective of the key project is to promote healthy lifestyles and mental health, prevent loneliness as well as reduce building-related health effects and inequalities in health and wellbeing.

Evidence-based best practices will be taken into use in public, private and third sector services. The purpose is to improve the efforts to promote the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable population groups, encourage them to take more responsibility for their health and wellbeing as well as prevent inequalities and social exclusion.

Career opportunities for people with partial work ability

The purpose of the key project is to create opportunities for people with partial work ability to remain at work or find employment on the open labour market. It aims to create timely and well-functioning service chains, reduce overlapping operations and ensure that people get the help they need.