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True partnership is hard: PPP’s ICS Delivery Forum concludes for 2023

On November 1st, PPP’s final Integrated Care Systems Delivery Forum for 2023 was held in London. Attendees from across the health and care sector gathered for a day of debate and networking, gaining insight and best practices from local integrated care system leaders from London and across the Southeast.

Discussions between panellists and delegates agreed that true partnership, in terms of system and collaborative working, is hard. Every effort must be made to ensure integrated care systems do not make the age-old mistake of seeking ‘easy fixes’.  If that mentality is adopted it will ensure ICS developments become just the dreaded ‘deck chair reorganisation’, which so many across the system are working to prevent.

Commenting live from the event, Rachel McIlroy, Senior Programme Lead, PHM System Intelligence, said “Fantastic panel discussion and great questions from the floor.”

Healthcare consultant Vijay K. Luthra FRSA ChPP MCMI ChMC MBCS added “Great line-up and informative content. Brilliant that Public Policy Projects have created this space for discussion and knowledge sharing.”

Tania Richards, Health Policy Lawyer, Mills & Reeve a sponsor of the ICS Delivery Forum 2023 said, “Thoroughly enjoyed this panel discussion on ‘Are systems ready to innovate the care pathway?’”.

One delegate fed back after the conference saying, “I loved the comments that individuals are not defined by their medical conditions and that there is so much more involved – Education, Employment, Environment all contribute to our health and wellbeing.”

Another delegate stated “I found these two [ICS Delivery Forum events] really useful in making new contacts, sharing expertise and debates / presentations. All offered real insight into ICB / ICS progress in the past few years.”

Driving true value from medicines and pharmacy: new PPP Report

PPP’s latest report was also launched at this event. ‘Driving true value from medicines and pharmacy’ emphasises the connectedness of pharmacy and local communities.  The report calls for the value of pharmacy to be recognised beyond its potential to produce financial savings, and stresses the need to leverage its diverse workforce, locally situated premises, and unique patient knowledge in the delivery of system-level priorities.

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