|The Health & Social Care Board is looking for people who have experience of using health and social care services or experience as an unpaid carer to get involved on a voluntary basis with the work of Integrated Care Partnerships.|
What are Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs)? Integrated Care Partnerships are groups working to improve the health and well being of their local communities and supporting a wide range of partners to work together to make things better. There are 17 ICPs across Northern Ireland which means they can focus on work at a local level and understand what’s important to the health and wellbeing of the local community. http://www.hscboard.hscni.net/icps/ Each ICP is led by a committee which includes people who work in the health and social care service in that local area (Trust staff, GPs, Community Pharmacists) along with people working in the voluntary and community sector, the local council and service users and carers. ICPs across NI are seeking people who have experience of using health and social care services or experience as an unpaid carer to join their committees. What do ICPs do? ICPs work on a broad range of issues but have so far mainly focused on improving services for adults with long term conditions and older people’s care and have led on the development of new services and new ways of working such as; - An enhanced care at home service for people in North Down & Ards so that more care can be provided in peoples own homes and admission to hospital avoided https://vimeo.com/channels/icps/159186917 - An easier and quicker to access service for people with diabetes who need footcare assessment and treatment https://vimeo.com/channels/icps/156715962 ICPs across NI are seeking people who have experience of using health and social care services or experience as an unpaid carer to join their committees.
What does the role involve? As a service user or carer member of an ICP Committee you are asked to - Attend ICP Committee meetings which are usually held about six times a year (currently all happening online using Zoom) - Share your experience as a service user or carer - Be a champion for working together and for ensuring service users and carer experiences and voices are central to the work of ICPs - Make recommendations and get involved in service improvements projects where possible “Service user and carer members are vital to the work of ICPs, they provide real life experience of what works and what doesn’t and keep us focussed in all our work on what is best for every person, patient or carer” Dr John Winter Ards ICP Chairperson Who can volunteer? These roles are open to anyone with experience of using health and social care services or experience as an unpaid carer. Given the work that ICPs do the role is likely to appeal to people who have a broad range of areas of interest and who would like to be part of improving health & wellbeing in their own locality. ICPs work on a wide range of issues but have so far mainly focussed on improving care for for adults with long term conditions and older people. The opportunity to become involved in an ICP group provides a strong platform to bring forward the public voice and opinion. I feel a sense of achievement, knowing my contribution will help shape the delivery of health care services for us all. - Anne Marie Murray, service user member, Mid Ulster ICP How will service users and carers be supported in their role? A small business support team is available in each locality to support the work of Integrated Care Partnerships and that team will help service users and carers in their role on the committee. Due to current restrictions on meeting in person, work is progressing via email and on line video conferencing meetings and support will be available to help with this if required. An information and discussion session will be held for service users or carers appointed to sit on Partnership Committees so that they can ask questions, prepare for their role and highlight any support they may need. As part of that information session you will be offered support from another service user or carer member who has some experience Costs that service users or carers incur in their work with Integrated Care Partnerships will be paid back eg; travel, respite care or personal support. The Chairperson of your Partnerships Committee person will meet with you/ have a call with you prior to or after each Committee meeting as needed to clarify any issues and answer any queries.
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To find out more please visit the ICP pages on the Health and Social Care Boards website at the link below. http://www.hscboard.hscni.net/icps/about-icps/how-can-you-get-involved/ Here you can view a short video clip outlining what ICPs are about, read frequently asked questions about ICPs and read what Johnny the carer representative for Lisburn ICP has to say. For further information or to get involved please contact: Sinead Malone at the Health and Social Care Board by emailing: email@example.com Or telephone: 028 9536 3343