The ageing population and rise in the number of older people with multiple long-term conditions presents challenges to a public sector in which health and local government traditionally operate in silos.
The creation of Health and Wellbeing Boards, and initiatives including the Better Care Fund, have specifically attempted to break down these boundaries – with the development of sustainability and transformation plans trying to embed that joined-up approach.
The need for this level of collaboration has been exacerbated by the recent pandemic, to ensure citizens of all ages and backgrounds continue to access the support they need, and it is hoped that innovations and new relationships born of this need will be maintained on a more permanent basis.
This award will recognise NHS health organisations and local authorities which have already made progress in working together. Our judges will be looking for evidence of strong, collaborative partnerships which are leading to demonstrable improvements for patients and citizens.