Community and voluntary sector representatives from the Northern locality joined forces recently to examine how they can work with health professionals to transform local health and social care services through Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs).
Around 40 representatives attended the “Working Together for Better Health” event in Portstewart, while more than 50 people from the East Antrim area came together in Carrickfergus. Organised by the Causeway ICP in association with the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, the Portstewart event included presentations from Dr Brian Patterson, Regional Clinical Lead for ICPs in the Northern area, and the Council’s Elizabeth Beattie.
This was the second session in a series of meetings aimed at giving the community and voluntary sector a platform to engage in joint planning with health and social care bodies and the local council.
Meanwhile, in Carrickfergus representatives heard from Northern Health and Social Care Trust Stroke Service Improvement Manager, Clodagh O’Brien and Northern ICP GP Clinical Leads Dr Ian Kernohan and Dr Brian Connor. The event was organised by East Antrim ICP, in association with Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership (MEAAP).
It is hoped that these events will create the foundations for more integrated ways of working to meet the health and social care needs of local communities.