Cando Health & Care - Thinking Differently Report October 2020

1 | Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) The Medical Technology Group (MTG) was grateful to join representatives from Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) for this webinar. It was a great experience for us to learn more about how ICSs work in practice. 1. Introduction Online event Monday 12 October 2020 ‘Thinking Differently Together’ about… Barbara Harpham Medical Technology Group Chair To learn more about the Medical Technology Group click here ICSs are meant to bring together key stakeholders in health and social care on a local and system level. In practice, these bodies are evolving on their own and in the case of Suffolk and North East Essex ICS growing quickly and efficiently through building relationships. The guiding philosophy described to us by representatives from the system was different to anything we had come across. Traditionally public sector organisations work in silo, fulfilling their remits and hitting the targets they’ve been set. Suffolk and North East Essex ICS have evolved into a new kind of public sector organisation and should serve as an example of best practice to those systems which are still in earlier stages of development. Suffolk and North East Essex ICS tackles big challenges with local knowledge. The partnership builds relationships and pool resources to ensure the best healthcare outcomes for the public they serve. The amazing thing is that this more fluid and open way of working enables innovative solutions to come to the fore which often save public money. The NHS should put the patient at the heart of national conversations around healthcare. To truly achieve this, health systems need to evolve and consider patient collaboration as a staple part of service creation and provision where possible. Co-production in the delivery of healthcare is an enabler for people to live good lives and can change health and social care services for the better. New healthcare legislation is expected in 2021. It will be used to put ICSs on a statutory footing. As we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic and look towards the future, perhaps this is the opportunity we can all seize to look at the big picture when delivering healthcare. The Medical Technology Group’s Management Committee Using technology creatively in our Integrated Care System - Better by Design