Introducing iCAN: Integrated Care Across Northamptonshire
Integrated Care Across Northamptonshire (iCAN) is a major new programme of transformation work driven by Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership.
Its purpose is to deliver a refreshed focus and way to improve the quality of care and achieve the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes for older people across our county, supporting them to maintain their independence and resilience for as long as possible.
In line with NHCP’s vision for a positive lifetime of health, wellbeing and care in our community, the three core aims of the iCAN programme are to:
1) Ensuring we choose well: no one is in hospital without a need to be there
2) Ensuring people can stay well
3) Ensuring people can live well: by staying at home if that is right for them
From our previous positive experiences of partnership working through NHCP, we know that it will only be possible to achieve these core aims and successfully deliver the iCAN programme by working closely together as a health and care system.
Why is the iCAN programme needed?
With a growing and ageing population and more people living with increasingly complex long-term health conditions, Northamptonshire’s health and social care system faces a number of key challenges today and in the near future.
We know that the majority of our patients want to be at home, not in hospital, and we know that we can improve the long term health and wellbeing outcomes that we are supporting people to achieve. We also know that if we carry on working in exactly the same way as we do currently, within four years we will no longer be able to properly support the health and care needs of our county’s older residents.
The COVID-19 pandemic has showed us that when we really need to work together to change things quickly, we can do this by working together across organisational boundaries. So now is the time to act – and do the right thing to achieve better health, care and wellbeing for the people of Northamptonshire.