The Integrated Care Across Northamptonshire (iCAN) Programme is now gathering pace and momentum as it moves into the first year of its Five Year Roadmap.
In the face of continued health and care system pressures caused by COVID and the roll-out of the vaccination programme, health, social care and voluntary sector colleagues are coming together to shape the work of each of iCAN’s three key workstreams (‘pillars’), their constituent projects (‘bricks’) and foundation governance structures.
During February, approval was given by system leaders to test the market for additional external support for the iCAN programme. The procurement process is nearly concluded and it is anticipated that a way forward can be agreed with an appropriate supplier to support the next phase of the programme.
Since the last edition of Partnership Update, the three iCAN pillars – Community Resilience, Frailty Escalation and Front Door, and Flow and Grip – have been making strong progress to agree the aims, objectives, project group membership and key performance indicators of their constituent bricks.
All have initiated a number of projects which will start to deliver results in the coming months, and some examples of these projects are detailed in the panel below.
The schedule of iCAN Masterclasses has continued, with further sessions planned until early summer. Dr Jyothi Nippani from NHS Improvement spoke about the frailty services transformation work that has taken place in Warwickshire and the significant patient and system benefits that this has realised. These have included the avoidance of hospital admissions where the right treatment and care for patients can be provided in the community, reduced lengths of hospital stay for those who do need to be admitted, and improved patient experiences.
More recently, there was a demonstration of a comprehensive clinical tool enabling health and care professionals across Northamptonshire to maintain a consistent approach to assessing people with frailty and recording frailty assessments. The Ardens Frailty Assessment template will be rolled out across the county soon, and this masterclass can be viewed online by clicking here.
iCAN projects: examples of activity
Frailty training programme
A new training programme for clinicians in Northamptonshire to support better care for people with frailty is being developed in conjunction with the University of Northampton. Initially, this will begin with a Tier 3 level training module, with the first cohort of 25 places commencing in June 2021. Two further cohorts are planned for the autumn and early 2022, each with a further 25 places.