Following engagement with staff, partners and patient representatives across the north east and north Cumbria the following overarching priorities have been developed and will act as our anchor for our collective work within the integrated care system:
- Improving population health and preventing ill health
- Optimising health services – specifically through ensuring high quality standards across all services and delivering safe and sustainable care in the most appropriate setting
- Digital transformation – making the best use of technology, data and IT to ensuring efficient and effective services
- Workforce transformation – identify how doctors, nurses and other health and care professionals can work across organisations and sites, particularly hospital and community services; support and train staff to work differently; retain our existing workforce and jointly address recruitment challenges.
- Mental health – improve access to services and standards of care.
- Learning disabilities – improve quality of care, waiting times and outcomes for patients.
Each of the above has a dedicated workstream with a senior responsible officer and representation from local authorities, third sector and the NHS who are now firming up the most urgent priorities for improvement; with a particular focus on issues shared across the whole area which can make the most collective impact. Objectives will be refined and agreed with local authorities and other partners to ensure joint commitment and delivery where appropriate.