Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid has announced that Glossop in the High Peak will join the rest of Derbyshire under the new Integrated Care System that will come fully into place next year.
Integrated Care Systems (ICS) are new partnerships between councils and the NHS to coordinate both health and care services across an area to join up care, and better support the prevention of ill health, reduce health inequalities and improve healthy life expectancy.
We currently provide social care and public health across the whole of Derbyshire whilst the NHS has two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) operating across the county: one which includes the Glossop area (Tameside and Glossop CCG) and another covering the rest of the county and the city (Derby and Derbyshire CCG). The new Integrated Care Systems will replace Clinical Commissioning Groups and in Derbyshire there could have been either one ICS, covering the whole county, or two with Glossop treated separately.
The argument was made for a single ICS that covers the whole of Derbyshire, recognising the county as a single place with a unique identity and reflecting other governance arrangements that already exist. We believe that a single ICS will provide the best value for money and efficient services for Derbyshire residents.
Carol Hart, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, said:
We very much welcome this decision by the Secretary of State to recognise Derbyshire a single place, reflecting the unique identity of our county and people.
“This decision to create a single Derbyshire Integrated Care System will remove all of the duplication, inefficiency and confusion for residents that comes with working in multiple complex arrangements.
“Under the new arrangements social care services and the NHS will work even more closely together meaning that residents can experience health care as one seamless service, with their needs placed at the centre, and we can more effectively promote health and well-being across the local population.
“I know that people will want to know what this means for the health and social care services they receive and certainly in the short and medium term nothing will change. This is about future services and making the best possible use of public money.”