One of the ambitions of Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership is to create integrated local health and care services as close to home as possible. We also want to make sure our work engages with local communities and local community groups.

At the same time we recognise that Northamptonshire is a very diverse county, so a ‘one size fits all’ approach to local health and care will not work. The needs of people living in Daventry, for example, will be different to the needs of people in Corby.

In December we launched an opportunity for different areas of the county to come forward and develop plans to shape local services around their communities.

Under this new initiative, local places are being invited to explore how GP practices, pharmacies, dental practices, community care services, the voluntary and community sector, social care and local councils can all work together more closely to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in their areas.

Applications from local collaborations are now being processed and we will announce up to four places that have been selected to take this project forward within the next few weeks.

Each area will then develop their plans locally before putting those plans into practice. Support for this work will be provided by the National Association of Primary Care – and it will then be used to help us shape our wider plans for integrated health and care services across the whole of Northamptonshire.