More than ever before, health and care services need to work
together to deliver the right care, at the right time and in the
best place. The NHS Long Term Plan makes it
clear that integrated care systems (ICS) have a central role in
bringing together local organisations, to redesign care and improve
An integrated care system supports agreement on joint priorities
and the best way to deliver efficient services, specifically where
there is a common need or opportunity which spans organisations. By
collaborating and making best use of combined resources, including
technology, data, money and workforce, we can have a shared focus
on improving health and wellbeing in all communities.
Creating an ICS for the north east and north Cumbria is not
about developing a new organisation or structure. But it is about
looking at how we can work differently to benefit all patients and
staff; how we coordinate decisions and make it easier to tackle
common issues which are bigger than one organisation, clinical
commissioning group (CCG) or local authority area.
Alongside the ICS, work to plan and tailor care for local
populations and communities will continue through integrated care
partnerships (ICPs) involving hospital trusts, GPs, community-based
health and care services and the third sector. These ICPs will also
be working to reduce some of the costs associated with planning and
delivering services, in addition to sharing what works best to
improve the health of local people.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community