An ambitious proposal to improve health and social care services could see West Norfolk becoming one of the country’s first “integration pioneers”.
A bid by West Norfolk Health and Social Care Alliance to become a pioneering area for integrated services has been shortlisted by the Department of Health and its national partners.
The West Norfolk bid involves 10 organisations, led by NHS West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (WN CCG) and Norfolk County Council.
It would see the organisations working in a multi-agency approach to help improve patient experiences. The West Norfolk Health and Social Care Alliance comprises:
n Norfolk County Council Adult Social Services
n West Norfolk Council
n West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group
n Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
n Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation trust
n West Norfolk Voluntary and Community Action
n Freebridge Community Housing
n College of West Anglia
nNorfolk Independent Care
Strides have already been made in West Norfolk with the area benefitting from an Integrated Care Organisation (ICO) pilot. If successful, the Integrated Pioneer Programme would see the extension of ICO health and social care teams to include district council, voluntary and independent partners.
It would connect older people with their communities, their specialist health and social care services and their local care providers.
A selection panel will interview all shortlisted candidates in September before making a final decision.