Medway and Swale

What is the Medway and Swale Integrated Care Partnership (ICP)?

A wide range of stakeholders are involved in the Medway and Swale’s integrated care partnership, including the acute hospital, community healthcare providers, the mental health trust, councils, and commissioning colleagues, as well Healthwatch representatives.

Once fully established, the ICP plans to hold a single contract with Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, enabling local system partners to decide collectively how services are developed and provided.

The ICP has adopted a principle of co-production and engagement to make sure the local community is involved. We have already been invited to speak at meetings held by local community organisations, and held workshops with patient groups. If you are a member of a local organisation and would like us to give a presentation to your members, contact us on this email address. You can also use this email address to subscribe to Medway and Swale ICP’s newsletter.

Which organisations are part of Medway and Swale ICP?

Medway and Swale ICP covers a population of about 427,000 people. It has some of the highest levels of deprivation in the UK with some wards being in the 10 per cent most deprived areas in the country.

The percentage of adults classified as overweight or obese, and the number of people aged over 18 who smoke, is four per cent higher than the national average.

Twenty three per cent more people have an unplanned admission for a chronic condition that could be managed out of hospital, compared to the national average.

There is a higher rate of suicide, particularly in men, than nationally and there is a two per cent higher prevalence of depression.

Our one year cancer survival rates are five per cent lower than the national average.

Our priorities and ambitions

The ICP has a programme board which sets the direction and oversees the development and delivery of the areas of work. The work of the ICP is carried out through the following workstreams:

People
  • Trust among our staff and leadership.
  • Self-management, patient engagement and empowerment.
Aligned vision and journey
  • Having an agreed strategic vision and delivery model across providers and commissioners.
System-wide interventions
  • Open book accounting, population-based health and social care contracting and management.
  • Effective relationships to enable a flexible workforce.
Shared infrastructures
  • Having a transitional shared infrastructure plan with technology and digital interoperability at the core.
Good governance
  • Maturity of leadership teams with a unitary ICP board and good governance structures in place.

What will it mean for patients?

  • Better joined-up local services with patients at the centre: One service and one team.
  • A joined-up focus for population health and the ability to target resources where they are needed most.
  • Providers working together, not against each other, to deliver patient care.
  • Improvement in access, experience and clinical/care outcomes.
  • Ability of system to move quickly to improve services for patients.

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