The Southern Local Commissioning Group (SLCG) recently held one of its themed public engagement events focusing on Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs), at Seagoe Parish Church, Portadown.
The Southern LCG area has three ICPs, which cover the localities of Newry and Mourne, Armagh and Dungannon and Craigavon and Banbridge.
Dr David Rodgers, ICPs GP Clinical Lead in the Armagh and Dungannon locality and Lyn Donnelly, Commissioning Lead for the Southern LCG described what ICPs are; what work they are carrying out in the southern area and what work they will plan to take forward in the future. Those attending the event heard about planned programmes to in respect of disease prevention and to deliver better outcomes for people with Diabetes, for those individuals who have had a stroke, for patients with respiratory problems and for the Frail Elderly.
ICPs are working with patients, clients, users and families who have experienced the impact of these clinical areas in their own lives. In particular they plan by 31 March 2015 to deliver a number of initiatives, including:
During the event, lively discussions took place at tables where attendees had the opportunity to raise issues and discuss the information they had heard during the presentations. Feedback was well received from all tables at this SLCG hosted event. Those attending the event included the general public, health professionals, local elected representatives and both local and regional community and voluntary sector organisations, which have a particular interest in the four clinical areas.
The event was chaired by the Southern LCG Chair Sheelin McKeagney who at the end of this very successful event gave a commitment to ensuring the report of the event would be posted on the HSCB website and would be used by the SLCG in informing its future in commissioning processes.