Better Care Together is working with 12 Integrated Care Communities (ICCs), which have been created to help bring together local health and care organisations. The focus of the ICCs is to ensure that local people are supported to improve their own health and wellbeing, and that when people are ill or need support, they receive the best possible joined up care.

ICCs work across organisations in a defined geographical area to improve the overall health and wellbeing of local people by:

  1. Joining up health and care services
  2. Providing more care out of hospital
  3. Supporting people to manage their own health

Health and social care professionals, GPs, the voluntary sector and the community are working as one team in each ICC to improve the health and wellbeing of local people. They are focusing on helping people to manage long term health conditions, improve access to information about healthier lifestyles and providing more care out of hospital so people can stay as well and independent as possible. They will also focus on helping people to stay well and working with local communities, empowering them to take a more active role in their health and wellbeing. By understanding the challenges that each area faces, and using the knowledge and experience of service users, the community can work together with health and care organisations to improve their health and wellbeing.

The 12 ICCs across south Cumbria and north Lancashire have been formed around GP Practice populations and have been developed in response to the changing needs of the population, including a growing elderly population with increasingly complex health needs . This means that people currently often spend longer in hospital than they need to or are admitted to hospital when it could have been avoided in the first place.

Engaging with local communities will play a key part in the success of ICCs. Services will be developed and improved with communities - which means drawing on the knowledge, ability and resources of people and patients, as well as providers of healthcare. Morecambe Bay has a number of diverse communities with differing health needs and different demographics. Each ICC will develop services tailored to the different health needs of the population (for example the people of Barrow might have different health needs to the people of Kendal). This recognises that communities and service users have valuable experiences and insight that can help shape future health and care services.

Please click into each ICC on the map to find out more

Kendal Garstong Lancaster Castle Bay Lancaster Carnforth East Grange Lakes Alfred Barrow Barrow Town Dalton & Ulverston Millom