The closure of SLIC and the future of integrated care in Southwark and Lambeth

Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care (SLIC) will shortly close to make way for the next phase of the partnership which is bringing together health and social care systems across the two boroughs to improve outcomes for local people.

The partnership - between local GPs, the three local NHS Foundation Hospital Trusts (Guy’s and St Thomas’South London & Maudsley and King’s College HospitalSouthwark and Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Groups, Southwark and Lambeth local authorities and local people, supported by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity – has worked together on the SLIC programme for the last four years to deliver more integrated care.

During its time as SLIC, the partnership gained a deeper understanding of what needs to be done to integrate care across the two boroughs, and it became clear that it needed to move into a second phase – one that is able to implement fundamental changes faster for all the people of Southwark and Lambeth.

SLIC will close on 31 March to make way for this next phase of the partnership – the Southwark and Lambeth Strategic Partnership. It will build on the successes and lessons learned in SLIC to continue working towards achieving the vision of a system that increases the value of care provided to local people, and that empowers them to take control of their health and wellbeing.

While the vision will stay the same, the partnership will go about achieving its aims in a different way. SLIC was supported by a central team who helped partners to work together to deliver integrated care. There will be no central team in the new Southwark and Lambeth Strategic Partnership – instead, partner organisations will take on accountability for bringing about system-wide transformation both individually and as a partnership.

The new partnership will sustain and build on the SLIC projects that have demonstrated value and success over the past four years, including Enhanced Rapid Response nursing and @Home services, which provided nursing, therapy and social care support to over 3,000 acutely unwell people in their own homes, allowing them to remain independent; holistic  assessments, which have helped GPs identify ways of proactively managing the care of over 14,500 people; over 500 older people safely triaged in the Falls project, which proactively identified those at risk of falling; and the roll out of the Local Care Record, which allows our hospitals and primary care teams to see each other’s patient data in real time.

Merav Dover, SLIC Chief Operating Officer, said: “The partnership set out to improve the way care was delivered to the people of Southwark and Lambeth, supporting them to lead healthier and happier lives, and the SLIC programme has set us on the right path to achieving this.

“Frontline staff, citizens and system leaders have worked incredibly hard over the past four years to bring about change. It is the relationships, trust and leadership that have been nurtured during the programme which lie at the root of our achievements, and that will provide a strong foundation for the next phase of the partnership to build on.”

To view a short film of Merav Dover in conversation with Helen Charlesworth-May on the lessons learned, challenges and successes of SLIC, click here