With the ongoing transition to Integrated Care Systems across the country and the further solidification of integrated strategy, decision-making, funding and governance between providers and commissioners – now is the time to unleash the potential of whole systems thinking and pathway redesign. With patient-centred care at the heart of reconfiguration, removing boundaries between organisations both vertically and horizontally – a huge cultural and mindset shift is underway across the NHS. Integrated care presents an opportunity to drive impact for staff, populations and patients – with no set rules for how this will be conducted, with the flexibility to collaborate and innovate across multi-disciplinary teams.
This award will recognise systems 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 system. The entry could either be focus on how a specific service or patient cohort has benefited from integrated working, or evidence a broader change of approach within a local health and care economy.