Useful post via Cumbria CVS
5 things you need to know about Integrated Care Communities
- Integrated Care Communities (ICCs) is one of the terms being used nationally and locally to describe the ambition to join up health and care services in a given community, tailored to the needs of the local population.
- An ICC will see health and social care professionals, GPs, the voluntary sector and the community working as one team within one system to support the health and care needs of population it serves. It will focus on helping the population to manage long term health conditions and improve access to information about healthier lifestyles locally.
- Evidence shows that the most successful Integrated Care Communities will reduce the overall number of people who need to be cared for in hospital and improve the health and wellbeing of communities.
- The evidence is supported locally by early work in Millom and Carlisle that has shown that providing more care outside hospital, particularly for the frail and elderly, has led to faster recovery times and enabled more people to be treated at the same time.
- The leaders from all partners across the system including Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, Cumbria County Council, & GP practices have made a firm commitment to develop integrated care communities and have started work together to provide better support to teams locally, many of whom are already using principles of integrated working in providing care.
- West, North & East Cumbria has been divided into eight Integrated Care Communities to align with clusters of GP practices and their registered populations. Three Integrated Care Communities managers have been appointed to work across all the organisations in West, North & East Cumbria to support the development of ICC’s with a specific focus on 3 ‘Early Implementer areas’ – Workington, Cockermouth & Maryport and Eden.
If you only have time to do one thing, please view this animation of ‘Sam’s Story’, that describes the thinking behind the Integrated Care Communities: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/audio-video/joined-care-sams-story