By sharing resources, developing our workforce and making better use of technology, our ambition is to significantly improve the health and wellbeing of people in all of our communities, through the provision of safe and sustainable services and the prevention of ill health.
We are designing services which suit the needs of individuals, help people to stay well and avoid unnecessary stays in hospital. We will achieve this by working alongside our communities and through our staff, and by collaborating across organisations.
As an integrated care system, we need to transform population health and deal much more effectively with the operational challenges we face on a day to day basis.
- To fundamentally shift health outcomes for the people in the north east and north Cumbria, improving healthy life expectancy and helping them to live longer, healthier and wealthier lives.
- To raise the quality and effectiveness of primary, community and secondary care, ensuring sustainable services with fair access to all through.
- To jointly value and develop staff; giving them the skills, knowledge and flexibility to work across multiple settings, and do more to attract and retain people to our system.
- To harness the power of information and technology to improve the personalisation of health and care, sharing information more effectively and helping to target interventions on those at greatest risk of poor health outcomes.
Improving population health
In addition to what we must deliver to achieve the NHS Long Term Plan we have agreed a set of priorities to improve local population health, based on evidence about local health outcomes and informed by views of clinicians and stakeholders. They are:
- Prevention, early detection and effective management of the biggest causes of premature mortality: cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory disease.
- Better lung health, with an ambition to achieve a smoke free generation and a fully smoke free NHS, including making every contact count.
- More effective management of frailty to ensure no one is admitted to hospital that could have been cared for more effectively in their own home with the right personalised care, and doing more to tackle social isolation with our partners.
- Improving the emotional well-being and mental health of infants, children and young people, recognising the lifelong impact of adverse childhood experiences.
- Ensuring the best possible maternal health and early years outcomes.
- Improving outcomes for people who experience periods of poor mental health and specifically those with severe and enduring mental illness.
- Supporting and enabling everyone to have a good death and to be able to die in the place of their choice.
- Looking after the health and well-being of our workforce and valuing the impact they can have on the health and well-being of their families and communities.