A very warm welcome
We’re delighted that you are interested in joining us as the new Director of Integrated Community Services here in County Durham.
We are proud of our strong track record of partnership working and integration of health and social care services. Durham County Council and our local NHS organisations recognised that it was important to further develop integrated models of health and care to deliver improved services tailored around individuals and their communities.
The County Durham Care Partnership is the result of this vision and demonstrates our ambition to work ever more closely together to integrate our health and social care services, pioneering new ways of working between the NHS, adult social care and the voluntary sector.
To achieve this, NHS organisations, including the County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust, Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, the County Durham Clinical Commissioning Group, Durham County Council and other regional health providers have committed to a true collaboration to further develop and strengthen this approach to an integrated care system.
Part of the strength of this approach has been to align clinical leadership for oversight and governance across the Partnership through the creation of the Integrated Care Board and an integrated management team led by a single Chief Officer, the Director of Integrated Community Services, acting on behalf of all partners in the County Durham Care Partnership.
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 were 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.
A key part of this is model of care is Teams around Patients (TAP) which brings together nurses, therapists, social workers and other specialist services, often based in the same building. This approach puts people and patients at the centre of care services with teams being “wrapped around” groups of GP practices.
There are greater pressures on the NHS and social care than ever before, with many more of us living longer and with multiple long-term health conditions. The role you are interested in is central to our ambitions to continue to transform services around individuals and communities across County Durham, helping our health and social care systems to work differently to meet these new demands.
In Durham, we’re “Powered by People”. Our people make the difference and here, you will ﬁnd a uniquely supportive and collaborative community of loyal individuals with rigour and resilience, intelligence and ideas, humour and humility - qualities and character that make working in the health and care system in Durham great.
I hope you find the role of interest and the prospect of working with us equally exciting. If you do, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Jane Robinson, Corporate Director, Adults and Health Services
Sue Jacques, Chief Executive
Dr Neil O’Brien, Accountable Officer