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Whilst ICSs are only now becoming statutory organisations, the passing of the Health and Care Bill has solidified the long-term direction of travel towards reconfiguring services with the patient at the centre. Tearing down the provider-commissioner split will support the allocation of resources and funding around the needs of local populations, however much of this work has been underway for several years, with some systems now highly mature.
This award will recognise private and third sector partners and projects which are enabling the health and care sector to deliver more integrated services. These enablers could be as diverse as the free flow of information across a system, a shared multidisciplinary workforce, transforming the built environment, deep-dive analytics into patient needs, however projects entered into this category should all have the ultimate aim of joining up care.
Judges will be particularly interested in examples which bring together multiple partners, and that clearly evidence how greater integration has improved the quality of health services at a local level.
- This award is open to any private or third sector organisation which works in partnership with the NHS to facilitate integration at a local or regional system level
- These projects and partnerships must demonstrate evidence or results from the past two years up until the awards deadline date