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ICJ establishes Editorial Advisory Board to “reclaim” integrated care

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ICJ establishes Editorial Advisory Board to “reclaim” integrated care

Integrated Care Journal (ICJ) is today announcing a new Editorial Advisory Board to drive the debate around integration and to ensure that care is transformed for patients across the UK.

ICJ is the only UK publication dedicated to analysing system level reform of the health and care sector. The publication focuses on every facet of an integrated care system and connects stakeholders and system leaders through a unique forum of news, insight and analysis. The publication prioritises practical advice for system leaders as they look to integrate their services together.

This topic is now more important than ever. The government is looking to progress the integration agenda through its Health and Care bill and ICJ will be a platform where this legislation is scrutinised by some of the UK's leading health and care experts.

To drive content and discussion on the platform, ICJ is establishing an editorial board of experts to guide ICJ editorial strategy. These experts come from every facet of ICS development, helping to enure that ICJ content is both credible and practical.


Board members

Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive, Care England

Professor Claire Fuller, ICS Lead and CCG Interim Accountable Officer Surrey Heartlands at Surrey

Catherine Johnstone CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Voluntary Service

Dr Nav Chana MBE, National Primary Care Home Clinical Director, National Association of Primary Care

Sarah Mitchell, Care and Health Improvement Adviser, Local Government Association

Dr Masood Ahmed, Medical Director, NHS Black Country & West Birmingham CCGs

Professor James Kingsland OBE, Primary Care Physician; Independent Healthcare Advisor; and Clinical Professor, School of Medicine, University of Central Lancashire

Dr Farzana Hussain, Clinical Director, Newham 1 Primary Care Network


Dr Masood Ahmed, Medical Director, NHS Black Country & West Birmingham CCGs said: "As we emerge from the pandemic and focus on recovery, the formation of the ICS couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment. It’s a chance for us in Health & Care to fashion a shared purpose: to build on our commitment to serving our communities.
 
The new structures, statutory responsibilities, and leadership will facilitate working together - embodying the spirit of true collaboration to tackle our biggest challenges, whether that be health inequalities, reduced life expectancy, waiting times, or embracing innovation. I’m filled with a sense of hope and excitement as we sail into uncharted territory, and look to a better way of putting the citizen at the heart of everything we do."
 
Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England said: “I am both delighted and honoured to be joining the ICJ Editorial Advisory Board because integrated services are the cornerstones of effective, efficient, and personalised care.
 

I want to reclaim the term integration because all too often, it is focused on processes and organisations, and I want it to be about people and outcomes. It is vitally important that we all work to a set of agreed measures, which must be the same across the entire system. It is only when we get a clear measure of success, will we be able to judge the effectiveness of an integrated system.

I hope that the ICJ will be a forum where debate, discussion and innovative ideas can flourish, so that we can work towards an integrated services that are fit for purpose in the 21st century. ”

Dr Claire Fuller, Senior Responsible Officer, Surrey and Heartlands Health and Care Partnership said: “Integration means many different things to people, whether that be the integration of health and social care; the integration of mental health and physical health; and even the better integration between primary and secondary care.

For me, it is about joining things up, wherever possible, about reducing duplication and ultimately creating an environment that is both easier to work in and easier for people to access high quality services.

As the mother of an autistic son, and the daughter of increasingly frail parents, and as a practicing GP I know from both a personal and professional perspective the value of integrated care and the frustration and lost opportunities that happen without it. ”

Professor James Kingsland OBE said: “There is nothing new in the ambition to improve the integration of health and care services. Previous attempts however have rarely led to systemwide, sustainable and measurable gains for patients.

ICJ aims to bring actionable insights and publish active examples of how health and care services are coming together, within the new architecture described in the current Heath and Care Bill, to deliver transformative change. The main focus for a fully integrated health and care system must be to address the unacceptable health disparities in the UK and recognise the wider determinants of health that need to be addressed to generally improve societal health and wellbeing.

I am delighted to be joining the Board of the ICJ, not least to further the publication of the expanding national network, for which I am the clinical lead, currently active in addressing health inequalities across England. ”

Catherine Johnstone CBE, Chief Exectuive of the Royal Voluntary Service said: "I believe the pandemic has provided us with an opportunity to do things differently - to be bold and innovative. For years, the voluntary sector has played a vital role as a connector between acute, primary, and social care - however - our contribution is often overlooked. The pandemic has rightfully changed this perception, with an estimated 12.4 million citizens stepping forward to support the NHS and their communities.

There is also a compelling body of evidence that finds that volunteering has significant benefits for staff (e.g. morale), patients (e.g. personalised care), those volunteering (e.g. improved health) and the system (e.g. greater productivity/efficiency, future workforce). The involvement of civil society is no longer desirable - it is essential to effective healthcare integration."

Dr Nav Chana, National Primary Care Home Clinical Director, National Association of Primary Care said: “Working with the ICJ presents an opportunity to discover and share best practice on the implementation of integrated care models with a view to describing practical approaches for readers.

It is important to note that integration is a means to delivering improvements in population health. While there is an inevitable focus on structural models for integration, the absolute priority is to design care models built on the needs of needs of people who need integration of care the most.

It’s also important to note that over many years we have found it hard to integrate care clinically across sectors. Failure to integrate care based on population need results in widening inequalities and perpetuates poor value."

Dr Farzana Hussain, Clinical Director for Newham 1 Primary Care Network said: “I am delighted to work with ICJ as it is the only journal that comprehensively addresses the issues and challenges of integration – which is so crucial to ensuring we can address 21st century health requirements.

The many different organisations that make up our system of health and care must be joined together. We must let go of tribalism that has contributed to creating a siloed system of health and care.

Without integration not only do we jeopardise patient journeys and care pathways, we also duplicate work and waste precious resources of time and money.

We cannot afford to fail. Lives depend on it."

Sarah Mitchell, Care and Health Improvement Adviser for the Local Government Association said: "I am delighted to be working with ICJ as it is important at this time of enormous challenge to social care and health systems to have honest debates about what integration really means and what it can achieve in delivering better outcomes for the people we serve.

We can learn from where there is excellent system leadership delivering high quality, integrated treatment, care and support regardless of structure and from systems where there is effective collaborative commissioning using aligned and joint budgets."

ICJ is calling upon the health and care community to reclaim integrated care, and experts and stakeholders are encouraged to reach out if they want to join this editorial mission.


To find out more and to discuss opportunities to collaborate with ICJ, please contact to ICJ Editor David Duffy at david.duffy@publicpolicyprojects.com.


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