In February 2018, the NHS planning guidance renamed Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP) and restated the importance of partners working together to create what is now termed an integrated care system (ICS). The guidance states that this will happen as systems demonstrate their ability to take collective responsibility for financial and operational performance and health outcomes.
Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria was one of the first areas of the country to work as a shadow integrated care system (ICS) with the intention to be a formal ICS in the future. An integrated care system is a collaboration in which NHS, Local Authority, voluntary and other public sector partners will need to demonstrate how we will work effectively with the communities we serve.
Morecambe Bay CCG is one of the five areas called Integrated Care Partnerships which make up the ICS and represent the local population and includes Health and Care organisations including local authorities, care providers NHS and community organisations. In Morecambe Bay this partnership is called Bay Health and Care Partners.
These partnerships are coming together to tackle challenges that can only be solved by working together in their partnership or across the wider region of Lancashire and South Cumbria as part of the ICS. In doing so, commissioners, providers and regulators will be able to work in more cohesive ways as priorities and areas of work develop, we will ensure that members of the public are involved, and solutions are co-produced with communities.
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