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City’s Integrated Care programme becomes a Pioneer

Health and social care organisations working in Nottingham to provide innovative, joined-up care for citizens are being invited to join the national Integrated Care Pioneers initiative.

 

The Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, has announced today that Nottingham City has become a Wave Two Pioneer site for integrated care, placing the city’s programme among the most trailblazing initiatives in the country.

The Pioneers are all showcasing innovative ways of creating change in the health service, which the Government and national partners want to see spread across the country.

Nottingham has ambitious plans to transform the health and care system to enable people to live longer, be healthier and enjoy a better quality of life. The Integrated Care programme is run by Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Nottingham City Council, working alongside Nottingham CityCare Partnership and partner organisations. It aims to provide seamless care and help keep more people healthier in the community and out of hospital.

The Pioneers have been selected by a renowned panel of experts, including international experts drawing together global expertise and experience of how good joined-up care works in practice.

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb on the announcement of the Wave Two Pioneers, said: “I am delighted that Nottingham City has been chosen to be an integrated care Pioneer. Through the original Pioneers, we have already seen the difference joining up health and care can have in reducing unnecessary emergency admissions and helping people to live independently for longer. I hope these new Pioneers will do the same for their local community.” 

Joanne Williams, Assistant Director Health and Social Care Integration for Nottingham City CCG and Nottingham City Council, said: “This is a great start to the year and tremendous recognition for all those who have been working on the Integrated Care programme in Nottingham. It will allow us to access more resources to further our plans and share experiences, and learn from other Pioneer sites across the country.”

Councillor Alex Norris of Nottingham City Council said integrated care would radically alter the care which older people with conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and dementia receive in the city.

He said: “The Integrated Care programme aims to empower people with health and social care needs, including frail older people, to feel supported to manage their own health and care needs and live independently in their own homes for longer with less reliance on intensive care packages.

“It will also engage and enable primary care clinicians, health and social care professionals to work more closely together to deliver the right care at the right time through a joined up approach.”

Published: 28 January 2015