With the intention that all sustainability and transformation partnerships will evolve into integrated care systems by April 2021, efforts to dissolve traditional barriers between health organisations – and between the NHS and other parts of the public sector – are becoming ever-more important. There are undoubtedly challenges along the way, from information governance to creating the culture that supports a very different way of working.
This award will recognise groups of organisation which are succeeding in delivering more integrated services. Judges will be particularly interested in examples which bring together partners from across the public sector as well as from the voluntary and community sector. They will be keen to see concrete evidence that greater integration has improved the quality of health services, whether through increased patient satisfaction or through greater financial value.
The award is open to any integrated care partnership that incorporates an NHS organisation. The partnership could either be focused on a specific service or patient cohort or be a broader change of approach within a local health and care economy.