NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board marks one year of transforming healthcare

NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) marked a significant milestone on Saturday 1 July as it commemorated one year since its establishment.

Over the past year, the ICB has made significant progress towards its commitment to creating happier, healthier communities across the region.

The success of the ICB has been achieved in collaboration with partners across the Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership, who share an ambition for a quality health and social care system for people in the region.

Some of the achievements that have been accomplished over the last 365 days include:

  • The ‘One Workforce’ vision invited people from across the system to contribute to the task of defining our priorities and plans.
  • Launch of the Let’s Get Better website to help people in Humber and North Yorkshire start well, live well and age well.
  • Increased diagnostic capacity for the Lung Health Check programme means an extra 7,000 people could receive potentially life-saving lung scans every year.
  • Confirmed as a National Discharge Frontrunner site, leading the way in developing and testing radical new approaches to discharging people from acute care.
  • Launch of a comprehensive and pioneering tobacco control programme which aims to drive down smoking rates in Humber and North Yorkshire.
  • Refurbishments to Whitby Hospital were completed, meaning services better meet the needs of the local population.
  • Two larger GP practices in Bridlington providing care for residents and creating new opportunities for clinical development.
  • New emergency departments open in Northern Lincolnshire, modernising and doubling the size of the previous Accident and Emergency units.

Stephen Eames CBE, Chief Executive of NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB, said: “There have been lots of things to celebrate throughout Humber and North Yorkshire this year, many of which have been made possible through our excellent work with partners across the region.

“Despite the challenges faced by our health and care system over the past year, including continued demand on services and industrial action, there is lots to be positive about. I am very optimistic for the future and what we can be achieved for our communities.

“Working together with partners will enable us to have a greater impact and to realise our ambition for everyone in our population to live longer and healthier lives.”

Sue Symington, Chair of NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB, said: “We have made outstanding progress over the past 12 months towards our ambition that everyone in our region can start well, live well, age well and die well.

“Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership has now produced an integrated strategy to set out how we, as partners, will address the health, social care and public health needs of our population.

“By working together, we can make real change and deliver our vision for the people of Humber and North Yorkshire.”

NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) was established at the beginning of July last year, as part of plans set out in the Health and Care Act 2022, to place Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) on a statutory footing – empowering them to join up health and care services, improve population health and reduce health inequalities.

Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership is one of 42 ICSs across England. Covering an extensive geography, it serves a population of 1.7 million people.

For more information, visit humberandnorthyorkshire.org.uk.