Building on the Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care Partnership: immediate and future priorities

Message from SLIC Sponsor Board

Over the last three years the Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care (SLIC) partnership has shown the commitment of leaders, front line staff and citizens to work together to improve the way in which care is provided, so that local people feel their needs are recognised and they can lead healthier and happier lives.

The partnership is between local GPs, the three local NHS Foundation Hospital Trusts (Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust), Southwark and Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Groups, Southwark and Lambeth local authorities and people in Southwark and Lambeth, supported by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

We started by focussing on the needs of older people and have made real improvements to the delivery of care in Southwark and Lambeth. For example, over the last 12 months more than 3,000 people have been supported by the @home services to remain independent in their own homes, improving their experience of care and reducing pressure on the local hospitals. And in the last year over 7,000 older people have taken part in holistic assessments which have helped identify ways of proactively managing their care.

Despite the progress that has been made, significant challenges remain. This requires the partnership to move into a second phase – one that radically reimagines the way we deliver care for all the people of Southwark and Lambeth, placing more emphasis on prevention and supporting people to feel more in control of their lives. We will do this whilst continuing to address the fierce financial pressures on health and social care locally.

The SLIC programme and the team which supports front line staff and citizens to deliver more integrated care, come to an end in March 2016. Until then the valuable work of SLIC continues and the team will support frontline staff and citizens to develop better care for local people.

Local health and care organisations, including citizen representatives, are now co-creating a new, more formal collaborative partnership to deliver this wider vision which will replace SLIC from April 2016. The new partnership will sustain and build upon the SLIC projects which demonstrate value and the successes to date.

Further information will be provided soon, through SLIC and the partner organisations.