We have embarked on an ambitious programme to drive improved health outcomes for local people through the development of strong, local partnerships – also known as local Place-based areas.
These ‘places’ bring together health, local government and wider partners into Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) designed to work across organisations to use their collective resources and expertise for the ultimate benefit of local people, generally serving populations of 250,000 – 300,000.
Each Place will deliver:
- A more integrated, seamless experience for patients and residents across local services
- Improved long-term outcomes and population health through a broader focus on the wider determinants of health outcomes
- Greater efficiency, which will be achieved through:
- Decision-making and targeted use of resources using precise local knowledge to reduce health inequalities; and
- Holistic oversight of financial resources and capacity across the full range of services, delivering a coordinated financial plan, making a vital contribution to the financial sustainability of Surrey Heartlands as an Integrated Care System.
Primary care networks
Another new way of working that will transform the way family doctors and other professionals offer care locally is through new Primary Care Networks.
These are groups of local GPs and other partners operating at a very local level to plan and buy care for local populations of generally between 30,000 and 50,000 people. Over time they are expected to buy and/or provide a wider range of services across their combined patient populations, and are important partners within our local Integrated Care Partnerships.