In the coming months, Integrated Care Systems will be required to produce a joint five-year plan, known as an Integrated Care Strategy. An interim version of the strategy will be published in December.

Integrated Care is not only about health and care partners working together to support people and communities to stay as healthy as possible, mentally and physically. It is also about making sure all our communities and services are truly joined up, so people experience the best possible care and health outcomes at every stage of their life. Our broad partnership is vital because we know that things like lifestyle, education, income and employment, where people live, and other social and environmental factors have an impact on health and wellbeing.

Building on the conversation we started in January to March this year, we are listening to the views of community partners on our commitments and core themes (pillars).

Core themes:

  • Health and care services today – improving access to care and reducing waiting times for appointments, treatment and operations, improvements in urgent and emergency care and supporting people’s mental health.
  • Transforming what we do – supporting prevention at a local level, joining up services close to home, reducing differences in people’s experience, access to care and health outcomes and a One Gloucestershire approach to developing our workforce – ensuring services can access the skills and people they need.
  • Making Gloucestershire a better place for the future – focusing on the range of things that can impact on health and wellbeing including existing priorities like physical activity, healthy lifestyles, adverse childhood experiences and housing.

You can access the Engagement Guide and supporting information, including a short survey, on the Get Involved in Gloucestershire (GIG) website.