Cheshire West Integrated Care Partnership
Joining Up Care In Cheshire West
Over the last few years we have been working closely with Cheshire West and Chester Council, the independent sector and the voluntary and community sector. Our aim has been to create new models of care that create a joined-up system of health and care that is safe, affordable and, most importantly, meets the needs of the people who live in Cheshire West.
Now there is a clear way forward for us and our partners, we want to take the opportunity to introduce you to this work.
Why we are doing this
Many of us have relatives and friends who need support from health and social care services and have found it to be a difficult system to navigate. Too many people experience care that is not as joined-up as we would want for ourselves.
With demand increasing, it's clear we need to do more and that working harder in the same way is not the answer. We know we need to work differently to provide more care in people's homes and in the community by breaking down the barriers that exist between our services.
Across the country local areas are rising to the same challenges and seeking to integrate in a variety of ways. Here in Cheshire West there has been a focus on developing, what's being called locally, the Integrated Care Partnership (ICP).
The partnership includes the council, NHS hospitals and mental health services, general practice and community health services, as well as voluntary and community sector organisations. Put simply the ICP is a collaborative network bringing together healthcare professionals, local Council services and the residents of the borough to design and coordinate health and care services that meet future challenges.
By pooling experience, expertise and resources, we can make better decisions together, help prevent ill health and make sure that people avoid unnecessary admission to hospital or long-term care.
Click here to read about the ICP’s vision of Five More Healthy Years for the people of Cheshire West.
Click here to follow the ICP on Facebook. The ICP is also on Twitter: @CheshireWestICP
Click here for the Live Well Cheshire West website signposting information on local services and support for the people of Cheshire West