An integrated health and care system
What do we mean by an integrated system? Well, quite simply, we need to join up different parts of health and adult social care services so that they work seamlessly together. Experience tells us this doesn’t always happen and this is what we want to fix.
By working together we think this will help us to:
- deliver better access to care at a time and location that suits our patients, for example more GP appointments and access to urgent primary care services in local communities
- reduce reliance on emergency services such as A&E and 999 services
- provide more personalised care for people with complex or multiple needs, for example end-of-life care or support for living with a long-term condition
- increase confidence amongst our local communities to better manage their own health and wellbeing and know when it is appropriate to access help
- make sure we have a workforce fit for the future to meet the changing needs of our aging population
- improve the efficiency and financial stability of our services by removing all the unnecessary duplication and making sure people can access services in the right place at the right time
- focus on improving public health and reducing health inequalities across Northumberland.