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Leading change through Integrated Care Partnerships


Dr David Rogers, GP lead for the Armagh/Dungannon ICP presents plans for improving care of older people in the Southern ICP area.

Throughout Northern Ireland, 17 Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) are now working in local areas to reshape how health and social care services are planned and delivered for frail older people and those with long term conditions.

A number of development initiatives have been delivered to support ICP committees in their role, including development for the ICP chairpersons, for service user and carer representatives and organisational development support for each committee.

In order to strengthen effective relationships amongst clinicians and to help all parts of the system to work more closely together, 48 GPs, pharmacists and medical consultants, who are members of the ICP committees, have now also completed a year-long clinical leadership development programme.

The purpose of the programme was to support ICPs to deliver more integrated working and improved patient experience by assisting those taking part to develop and expand their leadership qualities, including service improvement, improved communication, negotiating and decision making skills.

The programme was delivered by the Health and Social Care Leadership Centre, in collaboration with Karen Picking Associates, and comprised a seven day programme between November 2013 and September 2014.

The final session of the programme was held recently with Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer and Valerie Watts, Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Board among the attendees. As part of the session, participants shared experiences about their ICP work to date and their plans for local service changes.

Examples of some of the proposals and plans in development for improving patient care, which were prepared by participants of the programme and presented at the final session, are available to view on the HSC Knowledge Exchange website at: www.knowledge.hscni.net/Events/Detail/439

Dr Ian Clements, Chairman of the Health and Social Care Board said: “The Integrated Care Partnerships’ (ICPs) approach is an essential part of improving communication and constructive working across the entire health and social care system, not only in terms of those delivering services but for people receiving services.

“In particular, ICPs are playing an important role in implementing the principles of service change outlined in Transforming Your Care. This will deliver better outcomes through working more closely together across the system to prevent illness, support more people to live independently at home and receive care as close to home as possible, and provide services in a different and more accessible way.”