Better health and care for all

Our journey to providing better health and care for all in Sussex took a step closer yesterday as East Sussex County Council’s Cabinet heard plans for the future of integration between health and social care.

Details of the meeting including papers and webcast can be found here.

Health and care organisations have increasingly worked in partnership over the last few years to improve the health and care of our populations.

A significant amount of work has taken place behind the day-to-day frontline delivery of services to focus on how we can develop a ‘system’ that enables our organisations and services to work in a more joined-up, collaborative, and integrated way for the benefit of local people.

East Sussex County Council’s Cabinet discussed the implications of the Health and Social Care Bill currently before Parliament and plans for the future integrated care system (ICS) arrangements in Sussex.

At the meeting Cabinet:

  • Noted the proposed legislation requires the Council to be a key member of the Sussex Integrated Care System (ICS) from 1 July 2022 and the plans to operate the ICS in shadow form.
  • Noted the Council’s ongoing commitment, accountability and lead role in integrating care and improving population health in East Sussex
  • Agreed:
    • the Chair of the East Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board to attend the shadow Sussex Health and Care Assembly
    • the three upper tier Councils in Sussex being represented on the shadow NHS Sussex Integrated Care Board (ICB) by a Director of Adult Services, a Director of Children’s Services and a Director of Public Health drawn from across the councils, to be agreed by the Chief Executives; and
    • the Sussex Health and Care Assembly being established as a joint committee between the future NHS Sussex ICB, East Sussex County Council (ESCC) West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC).
  • Agreed the principles that underpin how the NHS Sussex ICB will work with and in East Sussex to support close working with the NHS.
  • Agreed to receive a further report on plans to progress local working with the NHS later in the year.

Stephen Lightfoot, Chair Designate of the NHS Sussex Integrated Care Board: “I am delighted that our journey to integration and, importantly, to providing better health and care for all our communities in Sussex has taken a step closer. Health and care organisations across Sussex have increasingly been working together more closely in recent years for the benefit of our population and service users. Our focus and vision for the future is to build on these excellent foundations to develop even more integrated health and care services that really get to the heart of what each of our communities need.”

Cllr Keith Glazier, Leader of East Sussex County Council: ‘‘The Council has a long history of joint working with the NHS in East Sussex, as this provides the opportunity to deliver the best possible outcomes for local people and achieves the best use of collective public funding. Whilst the Council retains its statutory roles and responsibilities for services and budgets, we welcome this next step to increased collaborative working with health and care partners, and have confirmed our ongoing commitment, and leading role in integrating care in East Sussex.’’