Integrated Care System Update: Issue 2

This bulletin is for everyone who works in the NHS, local authorities and other key partners across the north east and north Cumbria on how our journey towards becoming an integrated care system (ICS) is taking shape. To find out more you can visit our website and join us on social media.

Update from Alan Foster

Alan Foster
Alan is executive lead for the development of the north east and north Cumbria’s integrated care system. Things have moved on at pace since our first bulletin was circulated in April and we’re starting to feel a real shift towards a wider understanding of the benefits that come with integrating how we work. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England …
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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 …
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Updates from workstreams

There are six key workstreams which reflect the emerging priorities for improving health and care across the north east and north Cumbria. Each programme is led by a senior responsible officer and more information is available on the Join our Journey website.
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Optimising health services

This workstream is supporting the co-ordination of initiatives across the ICS to find sustainable, high quality solutions for those health services under the greatest pressure.  It provides clinical oversight and has a key role to play in understanding the dependencies between service improvement and any proposals to change how services are delivered, as plans are firmed up by local organisations …
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Improving cancer care

The Northern Cancer Alliance is delivering improvements and innovations in cancer care across the ICS area, through a collaboration of providers, commissioners and third sector organisations working to increase cancer survival, reduce inequalities and improve patient experience.  Recent developments include: A new digital pathology imaging service, funded by £2 million of NHS England cancer transformation funds, to speed up diagnosis …
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Workforce transformation

As part of the emerging ICS, a strategic workforce board is overseeing the development and implementation of a workforce strategy for the north east and north Cumbria. This will focus on some of the key areas where organisations will work together to ensure a strong and sustainable workforce; tackling - at scale - joint challenges including recruitment and retention through …
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Mental health

The mental health work stream is focused on addressing health inequalities and preventing illness, promoting well-being and improving outcomes for people who experience mental ill health. Seven priorities and key principles have been agreed, with detailed delivery plans for each area. These are: Child health: Transforming children and young people’s services to improve mental health, physical health and well-being. Zero …
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Digital care

Our regional digital strategy is almost complete, with formal publication due in summer 2019. The final document will outline ambitions and plans for how technology, specifically digital systems and services, can improve how and where care is provided over the next five years. Imaging Progress to date includes the development of a specification for a new IT solution to enable …
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Care closer to home programme

The care closer to home programme has prioritised frailty as its area of focus and developed a toolkit called Frailty icare to develop better ways of preventing frailty and supporting those living with it. The ambition of the programme is to improve the quality of life for our aging population through sharing knowledge, learning and evidence-based good practice and by …
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Learning disabilities and autism

This workstream aims to support and lead work across the region to transform services for people with learning disabilities. It is focusing on reducing reliance on hospital beds through a place-based approach to care, building flexible community services and crisis care; as well as improving overall health, reducing inequalities and premature death across the region. Reducing the number of premature …
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Check out the latest news online

A new website for the ICS has been launched It provides a platform for sharing all key documents and information about our progress towards becoming an ICS. The website also features a consultation portal, allowing for online surveys, research and promotion of events. A ‘stay informed’ option gives users to ability to sign up to this newsletter and other …
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Communities asked for their views on north Cumbria’s five year plan

Health care organisations in north Cumbria are seeking the views of local people about plans to further build integrated care for communities, to support happier and healthier lives. Plans include six key aims, from supporting people to live well and providing care closer to home to raising standards of care and making north Cumbria a great place to work. North …
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Healthwatch engagement

Healthwatch organisations in the north east and north Cumbria have been funded to support us in developing approaches to explaining, engaging and involving the public about the emerging ICS and the NHS Long Term Plan. Tell Us North have been commissioned to lead and support a coordinated approach across local Healthwatch boundaries. This includes providing representation across the six key …
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