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, local government and voluntary and third sector organisations have traditionally operated in silos. The introduction of “place” within Integrated Care Systems offer the opportunity to strengthen relationships between these parties – with a focus on population health and the integration of services across the end-to-end care pathway. Whilst establishing joined-up care remains the top priority, there will be increasing emphasis to look at the wider social determinants of health and establish relationships with colleagues in housing, public health, transport and environment.
This award will recognise NHS, public and third sector which have already made progress in working together at a place level. Our judges will be looking for evidence of strong, collaborative partnerships which are leading to demonstrable improvements for patients and citizens.