Introduction by Sir Andrew Cash
South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw (SYB) Integrated Care System (ICS) is one of the leading ICS’ in the country. Since 2016, we have been building on the excellent foundations of working together across our partnership and improving health and care for our population.
Our transformational work across SYB has positively touched the lives of many thousands of people and includes developments such as a regional stroke service to save even more lives and reduce disabilities and introducing new roles such as care navigators and nurse associates to signpost patients and free up clinical time.
We are increasingly focusing on improving health inequalities and very recently launched a region-wide approach to help people quit smoking. This initiative could see as much as a 40% reduction in smoking related deaths in two years.
As we embark on the next stage of the integrated care journey, informed by the Government's White Paper, our purpose is to improve the health and healthcare of our population, tackle unequal outcomes and access, enhance productivity and value for money and help the NHS to support broader social and economic development.
To do this, we will continue to build on the partnerships that have been the foundation of the ICS – between the NHS, local government, the voluntary sector, other providers and patients and the public. By working even more closely together, we aim to address some of society’s complex health and care problems.
In 2019, we launched our Five Year Plan and later this year we will refresh this. Much has happened since then and while our ambitions remain broadly the same, we have learned a great deal during the COVID-19 pandemic and we want to embed the positive changes - and learn from the negatives - into our future plans. We have been engaging with patients, citizens, staff and stakeholders throughout the pandemic and this feedback will shape the work but there will be more opportunities to inform the plan in the coming months.
This website is one of the many ways we will reach out to do this, but there are many other ways you can get involved. Alongside our public events, consultation projects and Citizens' Panel, there are a number of ways to participate – and we welcome your contributions.
Whether you are a local resident of SYB and visiting the site for the first time, or a member of one of our partner organisations finding out about our collective future plans, I hope that you will feel inspired by our vision.
Together we have a real opportunity to strengthen our position and to work together even better to deliver the best care for people - wrapping support, care and services around people as individuals, removing organisational barriers and putting the needs of people and patients first.
As our journey continues, our work is increasingly connecting across sectors so that we can help people to live well for longer.