NATURALLY COLLABORATIVE: DORSET’S SUPERPOWER
My name is Dr Phil Richardson and I am part of the NHS Integrated Care Systems Leadership team. I also sit on the Dorset LEP Board.
In 2019, the NHS will publish its long-term plan. This plan will be different. It will focus on community and encompass all aspects that impact health and wellbeing. It’s a whole community plan and it is possible because of Dorset’s superpower – collaboration.
The NHS in Dorset brings annually £1.5bn into the county’s economy to run services for the local population. It is the biggest local employer with over 20,000 staff who deliver services in over 300 locations as well as directly to people at home. Together with the two unitary authorities – Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council and Dorset Council – the NHS forms one of the most progressive and successful Integrated Care Systems (ICS) partnerships in England.
The ICS is an essential part of the Dorset community which touches everyone’s life through one of the many services provided. Including staff within the local authority, the workforce rises to a total of around 30,000 employees. If we include the wider caring community, such as carers at home, this figure is likely to add up to more than 100,000 people.