There’s so much discussion on the changes to our local health and social care services at the moment. It’s important to remember why these changes are being made, and what the vision is for the future.

At its core, an Integrated Care System (ICS) will involve services working together. This includes building better links between health and social care so that all-round care can be given. The hope is that joining services together will make them efficient and cost effective, for both you and the NHS.

This video explains the how the NHS works, and how it will work when ICSs are set up across the country (please not that the video refers to them as ACSs).

If you would like more information on ICSs, this presentation by Chris Ham covers them in more detail.

So what’s happening in Bucks?

So far, changes are being made in 4 key areas:

  • Community hubs (currently being piloted in Thame and Marlow)
  • Diabetes care – improving support, advice and guidance for self-management
  • Joining up musculoskeletal services – this will improve care for common issues like tendonitis, carpel tunnel, and muscle strain
  • Telemedicine – increasing the use of remote video appointments in care homes

There are also plans to make it easier to get GP appointments even at evenings and weekends, give more access to mental health services, and improve cancer diagnostics and treatments.

If you want to find out more about what’s going on in Bucks ICS, the plans are laid out on the NHS website.

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