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As I see it – the latest blog from Sue Symington

The strength of partnerships working together to tackle NHS pressures The extraordinary pressures the NHS and its partner organisations have felt over the last few months are unprecedented. We have felt collectively ‘worried’ about the demand for health and care services, and ‘worried’ that, although our collective resources have been stretched to their limit, we … Read more

As I see it – the latest blog from Sue Symington

Providing the best possible care as the worst of winter approaches Despite the winter not yet fully biting, we the NHS and our partner organisations already feel the chill of winter, with pressures being felt in all corners of our geography. This chill is not the product of a lack of effort or compassion for … Read more

As I see it – the latest blog from Sue Symington

Harnessing the power of partnership to deliver better health services Our partnership, embodied in our Integrated Care System, will be measured by its ability to successfully work closely together, across all sectors, to provide and improve health and care services for all those we serve. Our partnership includes social care provided by local authorities, acute … Read more

As I see it – the latest blog from Sue Symington

Tackling the health impact of rising costs of living At the September meeting of the Integrated Care Board (ICB) we discussed the cost-of-living crisis. The board recognises that this crisis poses risk for Humber and North Yorkshire, for our communities, for our staff and for the health and wellbeing of those we serve. In particular, … Read more

As I see it – the latest blog from Sue Symington

The founding principle of the ICS is that collective, partnership working can join up thinking and action to make change. This is not August as we know it, in many respects. Its 30 degrees outside as I write this blog. For our health and care services providers, August feels more like January, and this leads … Read more

As I see it – the latest blog from Sue Symington

Working Together to Improve Care for Patients and Service Users It is four weeks since our Integrated Care Board (ICB) became a statutory organisation. It feels as if time is moving very quickly for all of us, and the ICS is very aware of the stresses and pressures in our system overall – in acute … Read more

As I see it – the latest blog from Sue Symington

Getting the balance right as we face the challenges of an emergent ICB It is only eight days until the NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) is formally established and holds its first official meeting of the board. One of 42 Integrated Care Systems, our ICB will become a key part of … Read more

As I see it – the latest blog from Sue Symington

The clue is in the name! At the heart of Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership is a commitment to genuine partnership working with all those who have a stake in delivering and supporting health and care services across our wide geography. We will become a broad alliance of organisations, jointly convened by … Read more

As I see it – the latest blog from Sue Symington

It’s so good to be able to be out and about again! A key part of my role is to ‘induct’ myself into the many partners of our ICS, as well as share the progress and ambitions of the ICS widely. Delivering health and social care across our very significant geography involves thousands of people, … Read more

As I see it – the latest blog from Sue Symington

Building a strong Integrated Care System I frequently find myself describing the evolution of our ICS as a ‘construction project’! This seems to me to explain the logical way in which we are establishing our Integrated Care System (ICS): we can’t build the roof for example until the supporting structures are in place. Like a construction … Read more