‘One Gloucestershire’ is the working name given to the partnership between the county’s NHS and care organisations[i] to help keep people healthy, support active communities and ensure high quality, joined up care when needed.
We have made great strides over the last few years and our short videos (here) highlight the progress we are making ‘on the ground’ working hand in glove with councils, charities, the wider voluntary and community sector and local people.
[i] NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group,
Primary Care (GP) Providers,
Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust,
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust,
Gloucestershire County Council.
In May 2018, NHS England announced that Gloucestershire was to become 1 of only 14 Integrated Care Systems (ICS) across the country.
This is welcome recognition of what we have achieved and what we are committed to deliver in the future – truly integrated (joined up) health and social care serving users, carers and communities better and responding to the challenges of the future.
Put simply, we believe an ICS for Gloucestershire will mean:
- an even greater focus on supporting people to keep healthy and independent and developing active communities
- local people with long term conditions – whether those are physical health, mental health or learning disability related – should see more joined up care and support in their own homes, GP surgery, community or in hospital
- staff should find it easier to work with colleagues from other organisations to support shared health priorities
- greater freedom and control to make local decisions about services and use of the Gloucestershire pound
- greater opportunities to attract additional money to develop services and support.
Movement to an ICS does not mean a merger of existing organisations or creation of a new organisation, rather our organisations coming together in voluntary partnership.
- Growing population with more complex needs, in all age groups
- Encouraging greater personal responsibility – greater control of our own health, and that of our family
- Increasing demand for services and rising public expectations
- Ensuring services and staff can meet this demand
- Recruiting and keeping enough staff with the right skills and expertise
- Pressure on money.
- place greater emphasis on supporting people to keep healthy and look after themselves when they can
- provide truly joined up care and support in people’s homes, GP surgeries and in the community, helping people to remain independent for as long as possible and reducing the need for hospital stays
- pursue excellence in hospital services – with an emphasis on quality, safety and the best health outcomes for local people
- develop a sustainable local health and care workforce – offering the best training, education, learning, professional supervision and environment to attract and keep the best staff
- Make the most of new technology to improve and join up care.