Rising demand for services as a result of people living longer and with more complex conditions is placing unprecedented pressure on the NHS and care services. Therefore we must change the way we do things.
Instead of always treating people in hospitals, which are costly and often not the best place for a person to be, we need to care for more people in their own homes or local community. We also need to break down the barriers between different organisations and better coordinate services, especially for people with complex conditions who receive care and treatment from several different organisations.
In common with many other parts of the country, we are looking at how we can work with partner organisations to bring all our resources together to provide the best quality care and health outcomes for our local population. This is a model of care that is known as an ‘integrated health system’ and locally there are three variations of this model at different stages of development. You can read about these on the next three tabs.