Across Sussex, the NHS and local councils that look after social care and public health are working together to improve health and care.
The Sussex Health and Care Partnership (SHCP) brings together 13 organisations into what is known as an integrated care system (ICS). We take collective action to improve the health of local people, ensure that health and care services are high-quality and to make the most efficient use of our resources.
Over the last few years, health and care organisations across Sussex have increasingly worked together as the SHCP to make sure the experience of local people using services is more joined-up and better suits their individual needs.
This way of working is based on the priorities and outcomes that matter to local communities and allows all organisations to work together towards the same plan to improve health and wellbeing. This will help local people to stay healthy for longer, to receive more support and treatment at home and, if they do get ill, to ensure they get the right care in the right place at the right time.
Working together as an ICS does not affect or replace partners’ existing statutory responsibility and accountability arrangements.