Integrated Care Northamptonshire (ICN) is excited to share a newly launched 10-year strategy to support people in Northamptonshire to ‘Live Your Best Life’.
This strategy has been developed together by NHS providers, local councils, voluntary and community organisations and other partners, with a focus on enabling residents to benefit from equitable opportunities to live their best life, whoever they are and wherever they live in the county.
Our vision is bold: we want to work better together in Northamptonshire to create a place where people and their loved ones are active, confident and empowered to take personal responsibility for good health and wellbeing, with quality integrated support and services available for them if and when they need help.
ICN’s work to develop this strategy together shows the commitment from organisations to improve outcomes for residents in Northamptonshire and deliver change through shared working and community involvement.
Many are aware of the significant challenges currently facing health and care services locally and nationally. It is only by working together as ICN with shared aims that we can face up to these challenges and improve the health and wellbeing of those who live and work in our county.
The strategy sets out how we can achieve better outcomes throughout all stages of a person’s lifetime: from pregnancy, birth and early years, through improved education and better employment opportunities, to better access to health and care services right through to the end of life – all the time supporting everyone to be valued for who they are.
To help meet our vision, a set of 10 ‘Live Your Best Life’ ambitions have been developed to deliver better outcomes for the people of Northamptonshire over the coming years. Each ambition looks at the approaches we need to take together to help us improve outcomes in partnership with our residents.
As we move forward, plans are under way to engage and involve our local communities throughout Northamptonshire with the delivery of the strategy, to ensure the voice of our people remains at the centre of all we do.
Our new Local Area Partnerships (LAPS), representing neighbourhoods and localities of between 30,000 and 50,000 people across the county, will give a voice to residents, involving them in new services and solutions for their local area. This will be guided by a Community Engagement Framework (CEF), which sets a blueprint for how we will engage with the public and will be an integral part of achieving our 10 ‘Live Your Best Life’ ambitions.
Councillor Matt Golby, Integrated Care Partnership Co-Chair and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health at West Northamptonshire Council, said: “The launch of the ‘Live Your Best Life’ Integrated Care Northamptonshire 10-year strategy is a really exciting time for the people of Northamptonshire. The strategy is truly collaborative and showcases the commitment from health, local authorities, VCSE and community organisations to improve health and wellbeing outcomes at all stages of a person’s life.
“We know the strategy is ambitious, however by working together in this way we believe we can make a positive difference and bring needed change to help people live their best lives. The steps we take next are important to help us meet our shared ambitions and aims, with community feedback being an essential part of this.
“I would like to say a thank you to all involved in the development of this strategy and I look forward to continuing to work with partners in its delivery.”
Naomi Eisenstadt, Integrated Care Partnership Co-Chair and Chair of NHS Northamptonshire Integrated Care Board, said: “As organisations with collective responsibility for the health and wellbeing of the people of Northamptonshire, we know that it is only by working in partnership that we can achieve our shared ambition to support everyone to live their best lives.
“This strategy sets out a framework for us all to build on together over the next 10 years as we strive to improve the health and wellbeing of our population and reduce health inequalities – while making the best use of public funding and the collective resources available to us.
“We now look forward to developing our strategy into actions and improvements that people can really see, engaging with our communities as we go to ensure that the voices of those who live and work in our county remain at the heart of everything we do.”
Councillor Helen Harrison, Integrated Care Partnership Co-Chair and Executive Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing at North Northamptonshire Council, said:
“This strategy feels like a great step forwards for healthcare in Northamptonshire. North Northamptonshire is such a diverse area and I welcome the focus on places and local populations this strategy brings. The approach taken will help empower communities to take collaborative action to solve problems in their localities. I believe that taking this approach will help make it a driving force for improving better health outcomes for our residents.
"I am delighted North Northamptonshire Council is part of this collaboration. I am looking forward to contributing to the delivery of more joined up services that better meet the needs of our localities and everyone who make them their home.”
Across the year we will keep you updated on the development and implementation of our strategy on this website and in our monthly ICN Today e-newsletter. Subscribe to ICN Today.