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Partnership plan from Mid-Nottinghamshire places focus on end-of-life services, integration for care homes, and more

Mid-Nottinghamshire Place-Based Partnership has released its latest plan, which sets out its strategic direction as a “key vehicle and integral part of the wider Nottingham and Nottinghamshire integrated care system family”.

Five strategic objectives form the basis for the plan, focusing on giving every child the best start to life; promoting and encouraging healthy choices, improving resilience and social connection; supporting the population in ageing well and reducing the gap in healthy life expectancy; maximising opportunities to develop the built environment into health places; and tackling physical inactivity by understanding barriers and motivations.

Action plans for each of the programmes will be developed, including in-year deliverables, and each of the five programmes will have an executive sponsor who will take accountability for ensuring the delivery of required outcomes.

Aligned with these strategic objectives are four priority areas of focus, including the End of Life Together Service, which has seen a capacity and demand review completed and a fast-track model developed to support the population at all stages of end of life. An integrated hub is also set to be developed for the service.

MSK Together is another service identified as a priority, focusing on collaboration between providers and building links between the musculoskeletal hub and primary care. Work has been done to achieve a pooled budget within MSK Therapy services to allow resources to be used more flexibly.

The third priority area is an integrated model for care homes, “bringing together existing services into a single model of support”, building on learning from the Enhanced Care Response Team, and looking to maximise the benefits from resources. The partnership notes that proof of concept activities across three care homes have shown an 87 percent return on investment, “with GP call outs, ED attendances, and non-elective admissions all reduced”.

The final area places focus on communities. It points to the partnership’s plans around the NHS England Prevention Programme, the transformation of community services across three early adopter sites, and the Local Health Inequalities Oversight Group, which aims to tackle population need.

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS recently announced its integrated care strategy for 2023-2027, charting the organisation’s renewed focus on “providing joined up services and improving the lives of all people who live and work in the city and county” over the next five years.

Back in March, we spoke with Felicity Cox, chief executive at Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) ICB, on the importance of collaborative working to tackle inequalities and improving population health.