There are a number of ways you can get involved with the work of the ICPs or learn more about what they do.
Integrated Care Partnerships are groups working to improve the health and well being of their local communities and supporting a wide range of partners to work together to make things better.
There are 17 ICPs across Northern Ireland which means they can focus on work at a local level and understand what’s important to the health and wellbeing of the local community.
Each ICP is led by a committee which includes people who work in the health and social care service in that local area , for example, Trust staff, GPs, community pharmacists, along with people working in the voluntary and community sector, the local council and service users and carers.
ICPs across NI are seeking people who have experience of using health and social care services or experience as an unpaid carer to join their committees.
What do ICPs do?
ICPs work on a broad range of issues but have so far mainly focussed on improving services for adults with long term conditions and older people’s care and have led on the development of new services and new ways of working such as;
Given the work that ICPs do the role is likely to appeal to people who have a broad range of areas of interest and who would like to be part of improving health and wellbeing in their own locality.
What does the role involve?
As a service user or carer member of an ICP Committee you are asked to:
Service user and carer members are vital to the work of ICPs, they provide real life experience of what works and what doesn’t and keep us focussed in all our work on what is best for every person, patient or carer
Dr John Winter, Ards ICP Chairperson
Who can volunteer?
These roles are open to anyone with experience of using health and social care services or experience as an unpaid carer.
Given the work that ICPs do the role is likely to appeal to people who have a broad range of areas of interest and who would like to be part of improving health & wellbeing in their own locality.
ICPs work on a wide range of issues but have so far mainly focussed on improving care for for adults with long term conditions and older people.
The opportunity to become involved in an ICP group provides a strong platform to bring forward the public voice and opinion. I feel a sense of achievement, knowing my contribution will help shape the delivery of health care services for us all.
Anne Marie Murray, service user member, Mid Ulster ICP
For further information or to get involved please contact: Sinead Malone at the Health and Social Care Board by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or telephone: 028 9536 3343
Listen to what Johnny, the carer representative for Lisburn ICP, has to say about his experiences.
ICPs across NI are seeking people who work for or volunteer with a Community or Voluntary Sector Organisation (Third Sector) with a health and wellbeing remit to join their committees.
What does the role involve?
Each of the 17 ICPs has a Community and a Voluntary Sector representative, who is asked to:
“Community resilience and the wider determinants is so important to well-being. More than ever we need an integrated approach to healthcare. This includes representation from the Third Sector to inform the ICPs and act as a counterbalance to the healthcare sector involvement. Our Third Sector colleagues have been an invaluable part of ICPs from their inception.”
Dr Martin Cunningham, ICP South Belfast Chair
Who can apply?
We’d love to hear from people who work or volunteer in a Community or Voluntary Organisation (Third Sector) which delivers or coordinates activities related to health and wellbeing outcomes.
The role is likely to appeal to people who have a broad health and wellbeing remit, and who would like to be part of improving health and wellbeing in the specific locality they are applying for.
Tony Doherty, chair of Western ICP (Northern sector) encourages those in the community and voluntary sector to get involved in ICPs.
How will you be supported in your voluntary role?
There is a process for an agreed reimbursent of time contributed for your organisation.
For further information about getting involved contact ICP Third Sector Co-ordinator Gillian.Hamilton@hscni.net