Integrated care for the North East and Cumbria

Posted on Mon, 12/08/2019


Now, 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, published on 7 January 2019, makes it clear that integrated care systems (ICS) are central to bringing together local organisations, to redesign care and improve health.

Creating an ICS for the north east and north Cumbria is not about developing a new organisation or structure. It’s about looking at ways of working differently for the benefit of all patients and staff. An integrated care system will bring together health and social care organisations to agree joint priorities and decide how best to deliver efficient services where there is a common need or opportunity.

By collaborating and making best use of combined resources, including technology, data, money and our workforce, we have a shared focus on improving the health and wellbeing of people in all communities.

An integrated care system will support joint decisions and make it easier to work ‘at scale’ on common issues which are bigger than one organisation, clinical commissioning group (CCG) or local authority area.

Alongside the ICS, most work to plan and tailor care for local populations and communities will continue to be done through integrated care partnerships (ICPs) between hospital trusts, GPs, community-based health and care services and the third sector. The ICPs will also be working across local boundaries 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.

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