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Integrating Care: What are we doing and why?

National Context

The NHS Five Year Forward View “FYFV” confirmed the need to do something different to ensure sustainability of NHS services. It set out a road map for the development of the NHS and its partners to 2020. This included instruction that the NHS must take decisive steps to break down the barriers in how care is provided between family doctors and hospitals, between physical and mental health, between health and social care. The drive for greater integration was further supported in the NHS Long Term Plan, published by NHS England in January 2019.

The NHS and Local Authorities nationally and locally are facing significant funding and demand pressures that are not likely to ease in the coming years. Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) are being developed and implemented across the country to drive the changes needed to work at scale across organisational boundaries, reduce the funding gap and better meet demand.

Local Context

As part of our Herefordshire & Worcestershire STP, our place-based plans for Worcestershire seek to maximise the collectively available resource, to avoid duplication and to spend the Worcestershire pound more wisely to meet our challenging health and social care needs.

The local health and social care system faces a combination of some of the most difficult challenges within England: urban and rural health inequalities; some remote geography; an increasing shortage of GPs; a challenging market for care providers; a stretched acute provider delivering services across three hospital sites; challenges recruiting and retaining skilled staff; variations in quality and quantity of services; and very significant increases in the populations aged 65 years and over.

No one organisation cannot solve these challenges by working alone.

Together, the health and care partners across Worcestershire have a history of joint working.  However, they recognise the need to do more and, as a result, have committed to integrating the delivery of health and social care for the people of Worcestershire.  The newly established Worcestershire Integrated Care Partnership aims to build resilience in the community and primary care services to support addressing these challenges. The new approach will bring together health and parts of social care in a way that has not been seen before locally. This will put General Practice at the heart of the delivery model so that care is organised around the places where people live and the GPs they see.

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