Integrated Care System announcement is a ‘positive step’ for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
The ongoing work to improve the way that health and care services are delivered across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has been given further national endorsement, as the local health and care partnership evolves into an Integrated Care System (ICS).
Health and care leaders here welcome today’s news that an ICS will start operating from next month. This is a further step in the development journey for the partnership and over the coming months health, care and voluntary sector partners will continue working together to deliver a local approach that will meet the needs of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s residents.
The move, which is an evolution of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership called ‘Together We’re Better’, paves the way for better, joined up care for local people. It further develops the partnership between NHS, local authorities, partner organisations, voluntary sector organisations and, most importantly, local people.
The focus of the ICS remains one of planning and delivering health and care services for our local population of 1.1 million people based on their needs. It will continue our work to deliver care as close to the person as possible and to support people to live healthy and independent lives for as long as possible.
The main focus for our local system (ICS) is to support:
- Better health and wellbeing for everyone who lives in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
- Improve quality of health and care services for all individuals
- Ensure the sustainable use of the money and resource that comes into our system
- Health and care staff and enable them to do their jobs to the best of their ability.
ICS Independent Chair Prem Singh, said: “Today’s announcement is a really positive step forward and will support us to evolve as a partnership and, importantly, continue to focus on improving joined-up care for local people.
“Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has a very diverse population, serving individuals and families with multiple and often complex healthcare needs, so it’s essential that we work together to tackle the wider determinants of ill health as well some significant inequalities in health outcomes.”
Cllr Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council said: “Integrated care is about giving people the support they need, joined up across local councils, the NHS, and other partners. It removes traditional divisions which have in the past have meant too many people have experienced disjointed and fragmented care.”
“The principles of the ICS means that for the local population, greater integration would allow individuals to tell their story once, navigate confidently between organisations and experience greater continuity of care. This will see the current system evolve and aim to ensure individuals are rightfully put front and centre with partners able to take big decisions collectively around how and where care is delivered to make the most impact.
“I’m pleased that the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Health and Social Care System has been approved by NHS England to move to the next stage of its journey towards being a statutory Integrated Care System by April 2022. The city council has played a full part in helping to shape that journey to date and we look forward to being involved in the next steps.”
To find out more about the ICS in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent please go to www.twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk