How we are working together
The organisations and professionals that have come together to form the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS) are now part of a family and will work together to achieve the same goals. All parts of our family have different and vital roles, all rely on each other to maximise their potential and all are equally valued.
Our ICS is made up of the NHS, local government, providers of health and care services, the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, as well as the patients and communities, and people and communities (people who use services, their representatives, carers, and residents).
The biggest change this new way of working will bring is that the NHS and local councils – which deliver many care services – will be working together as part of a new organisation, which is the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board.
When the NHS was set up in the 1940s its aim was to treat symptoms. But it has come a long way since then, supporting people to live healthier lives.
This change is continuing along that journey and aims to make social care and health even more aligned.
Our health is affected by many things – housing, unemployment, financial stress, domestic abuse, poverty and lifestyle choices.
This is something that we need to look at through a partnership between the NHS, local government and the voluntary sector.