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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Report from ICASS board – 15 Jan 2015

Meeting Name: Integrated Care and Support Solihull (ICASS) Programme Board

Date of Meeting: 15th January 2015

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:

‘Solihull – Together for Better Lives’ will be the new overarching banner for the ICASS work programme of integrated care in Solihull  which encompasses a shared commitment to improve the co-ordination of health and care services in the borough focussing mainly on older people.  Co-production work is prominent with input from Experts by Experience, the new HEFT Citizen Assembly and the soon to be established ICASS Stakeholder Panel to be chaired by Healthwatch.

Work has taken place around the key enablers to make integration real, including:

  • Each organisation aligning their corporate and clinical strategies to the IASS strategic aims
  • Finance Board with all four Finance Directors in attendance and agreement of Business Cases achieved
  • Financial ‘Case for change’ approved by all four Boards
  • Integrated Care Executive – regular meetings of the CEO’s to unblock issues
  • ICASS Workstream Chairs group to enable rapid resolution to any cross boundary issues in the borough

As a result real changes in service delivery have come about including:

  • Supported Integrated Discharge – winner of HSJ 2014 Award for Secondary care Service redesign
  • Dementia Care Pathway – Discharge to Assess
  • Carers Strategy
  • Information & Advice Hubs
  • Urgent Care Centre Procurement
  • Healthcare Support to Care Homes
  • Integrated Falls Service
  • Integrated Community Teams Business Case (jointly developed with primary, community, secondary, mental health, acute, voluntary sector and experts by experience

Solihull is developing  an expression of interest to become a first cohort site of the new care models which NHS England are prototyping:

  • Multispeciality community provider (MCP’s) which may include a number of variants
  • Integrated primary and acute care systems (PACS)
  • Additional approaches to creating viable smaller hospitals
  • Model of enhances health in care homes

Solihull is considered to be well placed to be chosen to be one of the first cohort site given the work that the ICASS programme has been doing.

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion/Feedback Required:

  • Note that some voluntary sector organisations may be affected by the ICASS Board plans and different ways of working but this is considered to be positive change with new opportunities for integrated working.
  • Who is the alternative rep on the ICASS Board?

Date of Next Meeting:  26th February 2015

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing:  Anne Hastings

Phone 0121 704 3361 or email