• Your local NHS and councils working together

Our Dorset

About Our Dorset2022-01-27T11:09:16+00:00

Our Dorset is made up of:

people registered with a GP practice
voluntary organisations
town & parish councils
unitary councils
GP practices
acute hospitals (3 sites)
clinical commissioning group
community & mental health trust
primary care networks
ambulance trust
PCC & police authority
fire service
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Building on the strong and successful partnerships we already have in place we are working to improve care for people and their communities and tackling health inequalities.

Making decisions together locally with our health and social care services, and working alongside Dorset and BCP councils, we can improve the health and wellbeing of the 810,000 people living here.

We are Our Dorset.

Last year the government announced their next steps to build strong and effective integrated care systems (ICS) across England.

In 2018 Dorset was officially recognised as one of England’s first wave of ICSs. Now all areas across England will follow this model and become an ICS.

We are already in a great place and on track to meet the national ask, but we need to adapt and build on some things in line with the national proposals.

The proposals set out in the government’s White Paper reflect much of what is already in place in Dorset, including the key role of health and wellbeing boards and the way care providers work together.

The Future of Integrated Care Systems

The national aims are to:

  • Improve population health and healthcare
  • Tackle health inequalities and access to services
  • Enhance productivity
  • Support broader social and economic development

Locally we will:

  • Build stronger partnerships in local places between communities, NHS services, local councils and the voluntary sector
  • Form provider collaboratives where providers will work together commissioning services for their local population
  • Develop a system-wide strategic commissioning approach focusing on population health

Benefits for our communities:

  • Consistent advice and proactive support to help people stay well, particularly those who are at higher risk
  • Joined up care and treatment when needed
  • Digital services that put people at the heart of their own care
  • Support for social and economic development through employment, training, procurement and volunteering activities

Transforming Integrated Care Systems

Everyone in Dorset deserves to live well. That’s why our NHS organisations, councils, public services and voluntary and community partners are working together as an integrated care system (ICS). Working in partnership means we can better tackle all the things that affect our health and wellbeing to make real change and improve things for communities.

In February the government published a white paper for health and social care reform with some ambitious proposals for all areas to form integrated care systems.

Dorset became one of England’s first pilot ICSs in 2018, and this way of working is now being replicated across the rest of the country.

The benefits of working together mean people will have consistent health and wellbeing advice and more proactive support to stay well, particularly those who are vulnerable or at a higher risk of developing a serious or long-term health condition. Collaboration between partners is essential to address health inequalities and to deliver the services people need in their communities.

With each part of the country now ready to function as an ICS, NHS England and NHS Improvement have asked the government and Parliament to establish ICSs in law and to remove legal barriers to integrated care for patients and communities. Decisions on legislation will now be for the government and Parliament to make.

The presentation ‘Our Dorset – building a strong and effective Integrated Care System’ gives an overview of where we are at the moment and what the government ask is for future collaborative working between NHS services, public sector partners and the voluntary and community sector.

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