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Our Integrated Care Strategy

A key role for the Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) is to generate the Integrated Care Strategy that sets the collective direction of the system across the whole ICS footprint. As an ICP we want to encourage and enable deeper cross-sector understanding, thinking and planning in health and care. We also want this work to be informed by evidence and lived experience. Our Integrated Care Strategy is set out in detail on the pages of this our ICS website. It provides a flexible, collective, central resource that is accessible by all, to enable everyone to be part of the work of the ICS going forward.

Our Integrated Care Strategy sets the ambition of all partners to improve health and care outcomes and experiences for the population of Suffolk and North East Essex. It describes a vision for how commissioners in both the NHS and local authorities, working with providers and other partners, can deliver more joined-up, preventative, and person-centred care for their whole population, across the course of their life. The Integrated Care Strategy presents an opportunity for ‘Thinking Differently’ to before, including reaching beyond ‘traditional’ health and social care services to consider the wider determinants of health or joining-up health, social care and wider services.

Our Integrated Care Strategy builds on and brings together earlier work and thinking from across partners in the Suffolk and North East Essex ICS and describes a shared vision from the perspective of ‘what matters’ to people living in Suffolk and North East Essex and ‘our Collective Ambition’ as local health and care partners.

This website sets out our Integrated Care Strategy in full, including detail for each key area including population outcomes, data and indicators, our understanding of the story behind these outcomes based on lived experience and published evidence, information about what matters to local people, our ambition for how things will be different in Suffolk and North East Essex, case studies and links to wider resources.

You can also view a high level summary of the initial Integrated Care Strategy for the Suffolk and North East Essex ICS HERE.

How is the Integrated Care Strategy developed?

The strategy has been developed through an inclusive process involving stakeholders from across Suffolk and North East Essex including people with lived experience, clinicians and other professionals, elected leaders and others. This process has been supported by the ICP Secretariat Team. ICP Secretariat

You can see detailed information about how we engaged local people in different ways through our strategy campaign ‘What Matters to You, and Why?’ on our separate webpage HERE

We will continue to evolve and develop our Integrated Care Strategy as we move forward. This will include developing strategy in new areas and further developing existing areas, for example to include more measures of our collective impact.

We aim to offer opportunities for everyone to be involved in this work through our Integrated Care Partnership – see here information about how you can ‘Get Involved’. HERE

Our ICS Outcome Based Accountability Framework (OBA)

We use a consistent methodology to underpin the development of our Integrated Care Strategy. Outcome Based Accountability (OBA) is based on the original work of Mark Friedman, who pioneered the introduction of results based accountability for services working with children, families and communities. The approach is based on working backwards from the ends we wish to achieve – the conditions of well-being on which we are trying to make an impact – and then taking a step by step approach to understanding how we want those conditions to look and feel different; how to measure if that is happening and why; who needs to be involved in making the changes and what practical steps are going to be taken to actually achieve that change. This is often called ‘turning the curve’.

The diagram below summarises how we have applied OBA to our thinking in the ICS to show how by working together we aim to deliver collaborative programmes at system, place and neighbourhood level that will enable benefits for people that based on our understanding of the story we believe will drive measureable improvements to population outcomes.

Further information about the use of Outcome Based Approaches including ICS training courses and our community of practice are available on our website under ‘Get Involved’.

Picture of Outcome Based Accountability Framework

Last Updated on 10 January 2023

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