A year in review, by Sir Andrew Morris
2018 was another positive year for health and social care across the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System.
We continued to make the most of the opportunity to reshape the way that local people can stay well, access care and treatment, and remain out of hospital with the right help and support that they need. Staff from across all of our partners are having a real impact on how we commission and deliver services differently and are embracing new ways of working that benefit our residents, patients and staff alike.
Frimley Health and Care remains at the forefront of health and care changes across the country and has been successful in the first wave of reaching Integrated Care System status.
We are now moving towards becoming self-assuring, where we are given the space to challenge ourselves as partners to deliver on our commitments, with less involvement from NHS England. Working together to support itself and can channel resources to where they will make the most impact, focusing on outcomes for people and not organisational targets.
We have to ensure we have strong financial management and are well placed to embrace this with our collaborative relationships, understanding, and a single operating plan to align our organisational ambitions. The system has benefitted from additional national investment to ensure we continue to deliver services in new ways and at pace, and we have a number of some exciting projects moving forward that will challenge us to think afresh about how we support local people to live well and stay well.
As ever there is still lots of work to do, and as I move into my role as a non-executive director of NHS Improvement I look forward to seeing you all make 2019 another strong year. It has been a pleasure to lead the Frimley Health and Care ICS, working together with organisations across health, care and voluntary sector organisations to make a real impact in supporting people to stay well, get the right treatment in the best place for them, and to remain in their own homes as long as possible.
Going forward I am confident that the system has effective leadership and relationships which will continue to drive innovative sustainable services fit for the future.
After a great deal of thought I concluded that I should step down from the lead role following a long association with the patch. It has been a real privilege to work with the dedicated workforce and passionate local communities. I hope I can use these experiences to play a positive part in shaping national policy for the NHS, and am delighted to be working with NHS Improvement to help ensure that the integration of health and care services is at the heart of national thinking and development.
Work is ongoing to find a new lead for the system and an announcement will be made in the new year. I wish you all a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the future.