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County Durham Care Partnership

Helping to keep the people of County Durham happy, healthy and at home.

County Durham has a strong track record of effective partnership working in an integrated way. The County Durham Care Partnership brings together NHS organisations, such as County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust, County Durham Clinical commissioning group Durham County Council and other health and care providers in a true collaboration, driving our ambition to further develop system-wide integrated models of care.

Over the past three years the Partnership has been successfully developing opportunities to provide health and social care services in a more joined up, integrated way to the people of County Durham. This has seen the launch of a new community service model, wrapped around GPs and primary care, as well as an emerging integrated approach to commissioning services.

Working together

You can find out how effective partnership working is driving our ambitions for a new, collaborative health system for local people in County Durham in these short films:

Icon for pdf Video transcript: County Durham Care Partnership – The Power of our Partnerships (PDF, 88.3kb)

Icon for pdf Video transcript: County Durham Care Partnership – The Power of Our People (PDF, 83.1kb)

Better care, joined up care, closer to home

It's about putting the people at the centre of everything we do, moving away from a hospital-based model of care to a new way of working, based on collaboration and partnership, to provide more care in people's homes and their community at the same time breaking down barriers between services. 

This means joining up the work of general practices, community services and hospitals to meet the needs of people requiring care. 

All parts of the health system working side by side

A key strength of the commitment to develop a truly integrated health care system for County Durham was to align clinical leadership for oversight and governance across the partnership. This was achieved through the creation of the Integrated Care Board with an integrated management team acting on behalf of all partners in the County Durham Care Partnership and led by a single chief officer.

Working together in this way is starting to show real benefits across County Durham. By building Teams around Patients (TAP), locally based district nurses are working closely with teams of social workers and therapists, often based in the same building so they get to know each and how their services work best together. 

This makes it easier to join up the care packages designed for patients, linking in with specialist services as needed, including GP practices who are also working more closely together in GP led Primary Care Networks.

Improving community services

At the heart of this integrated approach was the development of a new service delivery model for community services where council delivered adult social care services are positioned alongside NHS community provision, wrapped around primary care in a new integrated service. 

By working together in this way we're able to maximise our collective strengths as care providers to bring about faster improvements in care, joining up services and making the system easier for patients and service users to access - all helping to keep the people of County Durham happy, healthy and at home.

County Durham Care Partnership

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  • County Durham Care Partnership