Today is an exciting day for all of us as we welcome the formation of the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board (BSW ICB) – a new organisation that will work collaboratively to improve outcomes in population health for people like you.
The BSW ICB is one of 42 other ICBs that have been established across England today, Friday 1 July, as part of national plans to provide better joined-up care, reduce health inequalities and enhance productivity and value for money, while also supporting broader social and economic development.
This is an incredibly exciting development for the way in which health and care organisations will work together in our area.
However, while we have big plans, many of which build on strengthening the ties partners forged during the pandemic, today marks only the start of a long journey to truly change how we deliver health and care to local people
For too long, residents have spoken of a health and care system that feels overly complicated and, at times, confusing, but we now aim to change that by bringing all our various health and care partners together around a single table.
Our integrated care board will make it easier for the NHS, local government and voluntary sector to work as one, which in turn should create a more seamless journey of care for patients, especially those who receive help from multiple partners, such as older people who may be visited at home, but still need to attend appointments in hospital or with their GP.
You can read about some of the ways in which our partners have been working together in this issue of the Triangle, as well as finding out more about how our ICB will work and how you can get involved in our decision making process,
You can find also out more information about the BSW ICB and BSW Together by visiting our website at www.bswtogether.org.uk and https://bsw.icb.nhs.uk or following our social media channels.
You can also follow our journey as we work to provide more integrated care by reading future issues of The Triangle newsletter.
Stephanie Elsy Sue Harriman
Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board