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Author: Health and Social Care Board
Published on 06 August 2013 10:30 AM

Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) will bring together doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, hospital specialists, other healthcare professionals, service users and carers as well as the voluntary and community sectors, to design and coordinate health and social care services.

There are 17 ICPs being set up across Northern Ireland, each based around natural geographies of approximately 100,000 people and 25-30 GP practices:

  • Four in the Belfast area: North, South, East and West;
  • Four in the Northern area: Causeway, Mid Ulster, East Antrim, Antrim/Ballymena;
  • Four in the South Eastern area: North Down, Ards, Lisburn and Down;
  • Three in the Southern area: Newry/Mourne, Armagh/Dungannon and Craigavon/Banbridge;
  • Two in the Western area: Northern Sector and Southern Sector.

Integrated Care Partnerships will initially focus on services for the frail elderly and those with some long term conditions (respiratory conditions, diabetes and stroke) and will address the entire care pathway for each of these patient groups, from prevention through to end of life care.

How to get involved

A service user and a carer with experience of services for the frail elderly, respiratory conditions, diabetes or stroke are being sought to join each Integrated Care Partnership to:

  • Share your experiences of services in your area;
  • Make recommendations and get involved in improving services;
  • Work with health and social care providers to develop better ways of working.

It is expected that each ICP will meet at least four times per year and the first meetings will be held in September 2013. As the work develops there will also be opportunities for service users and carers to get involved through short term working groups.

To find out more and to become part of the conversation on how services in your area are shaped, please contact:

Michael Megaw
Health and Social Care Board
Tel: 028 9055 3782 (ext. 2174)

Closing date for expressions of interest: 22 August 2013

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575