There are a number of ways you can get involved with the work of the ICPs or learn more about what they do.
The Partnerships have brought together a range of providers, including service users and carer advocates, as well as those from the community and voluntary sector, to review how care is being delivered and to consider how services could be improved and better coordinated.
ICPs are working to make care more joined up and improve the patient experience and that can’t be achieved without ensuring that the voice of the service user and carer advocate is heard and acted upon.
If you are a service user or carer, or a representative from the voluntary and community sector you may wish to join a committee.
Each ICP is charged with improving services for their locality, looking at how care is delivered from prevention through to end of life.
They will then make changes so that the services are joined up and are delivering the right care, in the right place at the right time.
ICPs primarily focus on care for older people and long term conditions such as diabetes, respiratory conditions, stroke as well as palliative and end of life care.
Service users and carers with experience of any of these areas and an interest in improving services in their locality are invited to get involved. Find out about vacancies in your area.
Those who join will be asked to:
A small business team is available in each locality to support the work of Integrated Care Partnerships and that team will help service users and carers in their role on the committee.
An information and discussion session will be held for service user or carers appointed to sit on Partnership Committees so that they can ask questions.
Costs that service users or carers incur in their work with integrated Care Partnerships will be paid back eg; travel, respite care or personal support.
The chair of your Partnership Committee will meet with you prior to and after each group meeting as needed to clarify any issues and answer any queries.
Listen to what Johnny, the carer representative for Lisburn ICP, has to say about his experiences.
If you are a representative of a voluntary or community organisation which delivers or coordinates activities related to health or social care outcomes we want to hear from you.
Voluntary and community representatives have a unique opportunity to influence the design and delivery of local health and social care services and to improve the quality of life for people living with long term conditions.
Your role will be to identify strategic opportunities for joined-up working between health and social care and the community and voluntary sector.
For further information about getting involved contact Sinead Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 028 9536 3343.