Health and care partnerships (previously called Integrated care partnerships or ICPs) bring together all provider health organisations in a given area to work as one.
Each organisation within a partnership retains its own budget but will agree, with other partners, how it is spent for the benefit of the local community.
Partnerships can design and deliver services to meet the needs of everyone they serve based on their local population. They can focus services on areas of greatest need, helping to reduce health inequalities and improve life expectancy.
There is also the expectation HCPs will support healthcare providers to work more closely with local councils – not just with social care and public health colleagues, but also education, planning, housing, environmental health and leisure services.
How do HCPs fit in with other changes to health and care?
There have been a number of changes to how care is planned and delivered in Kent and Medway. The single Kent and Medway CCG was formed in April 2020, but with the new Health and Care Act 2022 the CCG will be replaced on 1 July 2022 by an Integrated Care Board (as a new statutory NHS organisation covering the whole of Kent and Medway) to focus on service planning and population health management across the county.
In 2019, primary care networks were established to group practices together to strengthen GP services and other primary care providers in your local area.
Our health and care partnerships sit between these two layers, bringing together the providers of health and care services, along with other key local partners to work together to plan and deliver care.