Berwick Partners’ Health and Local Government practices recently held a small, round table dinner for six key influencers from across Yorkshire to discuss and share thoughts on the future of integrated care. With representation from Monitor, the Care Quality Commission, a local acute provider, a clinical commissioning group and local authorities, the discussion was predictably lively, and often challenging of themselves, each other and the “system”. Moreover, it demonstrated the passion, interest and engagement in the configuration of patient and service-user centred provision.
It is clear that everyone involved in shaping, providing or commissioning the services is an advocate of, and evangelist for, integrated care services as the way forward. In fact, in some localised cases, it’s already the norm – it just hasn’t had a label before. It is apparent that it’s not all about the money or organisational boundaries and responsibilities either; integration is as much about attitudes, behaviours and a mutual understanding of what work best on the ground within a finite (and diminishing) resource envelope. Safeguarding, governance and accountability remain paramount, but patient, service-user and carer voices and participation are increasingly welcomed.
Berwick Partners’ Public Sector teams regularly host events and dinners to encourage the various organisations and stakeholders involved in delivering public services to meet to share ideas, learning and examples of best practice. If you are interested in attending future health related events please contact Hannah Wade, or to register an interest in other public sector focused events please contact Faye Cunliffe on 0121 645 5916.