Plans to develop more joined-up local health and care services which are shaped around the needs of their communities have moved a step closer this month.

As part of Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership’s ongoing ambition to ensure integrated health and care is accessible as close to home as possible, different areas of the county were invited to come forward with proposals to develop services addressing particular local needs.

These bids have been considered carefully and four successful places have now been selected. These are:

  • Wellingborough
  • Corby
  • Northampton
  • Daventry

Each of these projects will focus on developing local services which are targeted towards meeting specific health and care needs in their own communities.

That could mean addressing a health inequality affecting their area more than other parts of the county, or supporting particular groups of their local populations.

For example, in Wellingborough the focus will be on developing the Age Well scheme with the town’s older population at greater risk of needing hospital care or social services support.

Further details about the focus of the schemes in the other three areas will be announced in due course.

Each team is being allocated support from the National Association of Primary Care to help them establish and develop their projects, with colleagues from our county’s health, social care and voluntary sectors also identified to help develop their work.

Later this month (March) the project teams will get together at an engagement event to share and discuss what they are already doing, learn from other areas and set out their visions and how they are planning to implement their proposals.

Keep an eye on the NHCP website for further updates about this initiative. In the meantime, you can register your interest in future involvement and engagement opportunities by visiting our Get Involved page.