NHS and social care teams do a superb job caring for record numbers of people.

Quite rightly, people to want to protect our health and care services when they are under pressure but change and improvements will also need to be made over time.

Since 1948, the NHS has constantly adapted itself and it must continue to do so as the world and our health needs also change. We are now able to treat people with new drugs and treatments that were not available in the past. As life expectancy increases, so do the ailments of old age and there are now more people with long-term conditions.

There are also big opportunities to improve care by making practical changes to how the NHS works. Improvements that matter, like making it easier to see a GP, speeding up cancer diagnosis and offering help faster to people with mental ill health.

This is why the NHS, local councils and the voluntary and community sector have come together in 44 areas covering all of England to develop proposals to improve health and care. They have formed new partnerships – known as sustainability and transformation partnerships or integrated care systems – to plan jointly for the next few years.

Our local integrated care system is known as Joined Up Care Derbyshire. It brings together 12 partner organisations and sets out ambitions and priorities for the future of the county’s health and care. All the organisations that provide health and care aim to work and plan much better together, focusing on new ways of working to:

•    Help keep people healthy
•    Give people the best quality care
•    Run services well and make the most of available budgets

An introduction to Joined Up Care Derbyshire guide - published in September 2019.