About the Buckinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership
Everyone working together so that the people of Buckinghamshire have happy and healthier lives.
In the 70 years since the health and care system was set up, our health and care needs have changed. That’s why the organisations who deliver your mental health, social care and physical health care in Buckinghamshire have joined together to create an integrated care partnership (ICP). This is a way of working that brings together the expertise of health and social care organisations, community groups and local charities to look after the residents of Buckinghamshire.
These teams of people from the different organisations will work and plan care together to help people live and stay well, especially those with high levels of need or long-term conditions. An integrated care partnership puts more emphasis on prevention. It aims to keep people independent for longer and able to manage their own care.
We want to help you stay well for longer by supporting you to lead healthier lives and manage your own health conditions, and by providing easier access to care when you need it, often closer to where you live.
Together, we want to deliver high quality and safe care at the right time and in the right place. We also want to make sure it offers value for money, now and in the future.
In Buckinghamshire, the health and social care partners are Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, FedBucks (a group of GP practices covering a patient population of over 485,000 patients across Buckinghamshire), Buckinghamshire Council and South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS).
Combined, these organisations are responsible for commissioning and providing health and care services across our county.
Why do we need an integrated care partnership?
Our health and care needs are changing. It is expected that the local population will grow by 12% by 2030, with the biggest increases being in those aged over 65 and over 85. This, alongside unhealthy lifestyles and an increase in people with complex and long-term conditions means more and more demand on local services.
Old divides between health and social care, between physical and mental health, and between GPs and hospitals mean that too many people have experienced care that is disjointed and that involves many appointments with different people in different places.
That's why the organisations in Buckinghamshire have joined together to create an integrated care partnership. With the partners working together more closely we can collectively improve the health of local people.
We were selected by NHS England to become one of the first integrated care partnerships systems in 2017 because of the partners’ history of successful joint working. Since then, we’ve continued to develop services which will help form the building blocks of our new, more coordinated, way of working. You can read more about what we’ve done in our achievements section.