As NHCP’s work to develop as an Integrated Care System (ICS) progresses at pace, the focus on improving the care of our children and young people remains one of our four top priorities for the Northamptonshire population.

During the Northamptonshire Children and Young People Summit on 3 November 2020, more than 50 local leaders representing a wide range of children’s and young people’s services committed as a collaborative leadership group to work together to build on the improvement work which has already been completed to date.

The summit also recognised the need to be clearer on the outcomes we want to achieve to improve care, support and outcomes for children and young people throughout the county.

It is also acknowledged that Northamptonshire’s vision for children and young people is not yet clear – however, the collaborative leadership group is committed to supporting and investing in the development of a clear programme of work, working together with colleagues from across our health and care system. This commitment will be integral to NHCP’s ongoing ICS development programme.

System leaders have agreed that the next step for the NHCP children and young people programme will be to re-engage with system colleagues to take stock of the outcomes from the 2020 summit and to organise a whole-system discussion which will help to:

• Provide more clarity and alignment of the work to date with colleagues from children’s and young people’s services as the experts of care
• Ensure support and evidencing outcomes is integral to the way forward
• Ensure co-production and engagement with our children, families and carers at the heart of our work

The NHCP children and young people programme would like to thank all colleagues for their continued commitment and work to date, and is looking forward to moving ahead together for our children and young people. Further updates on this work will be provided in future editions of Partnership Update.