We work closely with health and care organisations across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) as an Integrated Care System. We do this in order to prioritise issues that matter to local communities as well as managing health and care provision during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
This collaborative approach, which is referred to as the BSW Partnership, allows health and care organisations to plan around the needs of whole areas. This helps us to improve our local population’s health and wellbeing, improve service quality and deliver financial stability.
Integrated Care Systems
An integrated care system is an even closer collaboration with NHS organisations, in partnership with local councils and others, taking collective responsibility for managing resources, delivering NHS standards, and improving the health of the population they serve.
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Working together as the BSW Partnership, health and care partners will prioritise issues that matter to local communities. Collectively this will help the partnership to achieve its vision of ‘working together to empower people to lead their best life’.
The BSW Partnership will do this through its five key ambitions:
- to improve the health and wellbeing of our population
- reduce health and care inequalities
- improve the quality and experience of care for those receiving and those delivering it
- ensure workforce development and wellbeing
- make the best use of resources
The BSW Partnership is also responsible for setting the strategy and goals for improving health and care in the area and overseeing the quality and safety, decision making, governance and financial management of health and care services. It will also provide clinical and professional leadership for the whole area.
The NHS Long Term Plan and Long Term Plan for BSW
In January 2019, the NHS published its Long term Plan to make sure it is fit for the future. The plan aims to give everyone the best start in life, deliver world-class care for major health problems such as cancer and mental health, and will help people age well.
To address the challenges faced across BSW, the BSW Partnership developed A Long Term Plan for BSW. This plan is the local interpretation of the NHS Long Term Plan and sets out how health and care services across BSW will be organised between now and 2024.
The priorities in the Long Term Plan for BSW include feedback gained from an extensive public engagement campaign carried out last summer. The priorities set out to:
- Address the problems posed by an increasingly elderly population by helping people to age well, stay well at home and improve how community services can help them
- Help to improve the quality of life for people with learning disabilities and autism and their families by improving access to services
- Help to deliver the best mental health support for local people, regardless of personal circumstances, age or individual need
By working together, we are in a better position to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan’s ambitions and better support local people to live their best life.