Building on the groundwork for establishing an integrated care system in 2017, work will continue on developing a commissioning and contracting framework, performance management and governance arrangements.
Other priorities include enhancing primary care, a focus on the most complex and vulnerable patients, and further development of out-of-hours services, shared services and non-clinical functions.
There will be work on prevention and health promotion projects and implementing social prescribing across the area. Social prescribing enables GPs and other frontline professionals to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to a community link worker who can help find non-clinical solutions to improve their health and wellbeing. This will help reduce pressures on GP services by supporting individuals to take greater control of their own health.