The Integrated Care Across Northamptonshire (iCAN) programme of transforming services for older people is set to pick up pace.

The programme will now be prioritising activity which will have a direct impact on helping services face up to pressures over the winter months while also providing long-term and lasting benefits for the people of Northamptonshire. And new Delivery Director Kim Curry, whose appointment was confirmed last month, has said she is now looking forward to implementing key elements of the programme’s agenda.

Kim said: “The iCAN programme is such an inspiring piece of work which promises to not only transform the lives of older people, but also ensure our health and care system is more sustainable and equipped for the challenges that we will inevitably face in the future. I am picking up the reigns after such strong and inspiring leadership from my predecessor Ruth Harrison and I am looking forward to new projects now hitting the ground and beginning to make real and lasting differences to people’s lives in Northamptonshire.”

iCAN is planning and delivering a mix of short and long-term initiatives. The system will face significant demand over the winter, and among several areas of shorter-term activity includes working closely with ward teams around local processes to ensure all of our patients can return home as soon as is appropriate for them, without facing unnecessary delays.

One of iCAN’s key areas of focus in the longer term – Community Resilience – is looking forward to a range of new services and initiatives going live in the next few weeks.

For example, Age Well Teams within each Primary Care Network (PCN) of local GP practices have now all been recruited to and will be live and in operation in November. They will work in the community to enable all PCNs to offer weekly reviews of older patients who have been identified as potentially needing more help.

In addition, remote patient monitoring – where the latest technology enables clinicians to effectively monitor people with acute or long-term health and care needs at home or in their usual place of residence – is set to be rolled out at 10 county care homes before the end of the year and priority will be given to increase that to a larger scale.

Other areas of work being given priority for fast-tracked implementation include the use of rapid response teams to support and treat older people with urgent care needs in the community and the use of Welfare Support Teams guiding people to planned care. All of these new ways of working will help people stay healthier and maintain their independence and also therefore decrease unplanned hospital admissions and other pressures on the health and care system.

Kim added: “All organisations in the system have a critical role to play to build upon all the hard work and preparation that has taken place up to this point. If we look at the activity taking place in the next few months we can start to see the beginnings of the profound impact that this programme of work will have in future years. I can’t wait to meet as many colleagues as possible as we continue our hard work to make this happen.”