Local GPs Dr Brian Patterson and Dr Brian Dunn have welcomed endorsement from the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Edwin Poots MLA at the Northern Ireland Assembly today that significant progress is now underway in the establishment of Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs).
ICPs are networks which will see doctors, nurses, social workers and other health professionals, and the voluntary and community sector working together to keep people well and make sure they get the care they need, when they need it.
Dr Patterson and Dr Dunn have recently taken up roles within the Health and Social Care Board as part of a group of five Clinical Leads who will support the implementation of ICPs. Both GPs are highly regarded for their longstanding leadership and representation of the medical profession in Northern Ireland. Portglenone GP Dr Brian Patterson OBE is a former Chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA) Council in Northern Ireland and Larne GP Dr Brian Dunn is a former Chairman of the BMA General Practitioner Committee in Northern Ireland.
Welcoming the progress on ICPs to date, Dr Patterson said:
“ICPs will transform how we work collaboratively and will enable all those involved in providing health and social care services to come together to respond innovatively to the assessed care needs of local communities. The provision of the right care, in the right place, at the right time, is an underpinning principle of ‘Transforming Your Care’ and ICPs will play a key role in providing support closer to home and avoiding unnecessary visits to hospital for our frail elderly and those with the long term conditions.”
Dr Dunn added:
“ICPs are fundamental to driving meaningful transformation and quality effectiveness through the creation of a unified and collaborative healthcare system in Northern Ireland. Significant investment is being ring fenced and good progress has already been made in establishing the supporting infrastructure for ICPs. All seventeen ICP Partnership Committees will be convened by the end of this week and will operate in shadow form until the full membership is in place, including representatives of the Voluntary and Community sector and service users.”