Client: South Warwickshire NHS Foundation
Year of Completion: 2021
Healthcare Sector: Integrated Care Partnership
Project Category: ICS Consultancy
Employing over 2,200 people, SWFT is an acute NHS Foundation Trust operating four hospitals in Warwick, Leamington Spa, Stratford, and Shipton-on-Stour. SWFT also deliver Out-Of-Hospital community services to the whole of Warwickshire, serving a population of more than half a million people from various clinics, as well as 0 to 19 Public Health Nursing Services in Coventry and Solihull.
For nearly a decade, the NHS has been experiencing a significant slowdown in funding growth, set against increasing costs and demand for service delivery, and cuts to public health and social care funding. The direction of travel since 2014 has led to the concept of integrated care and place-based systems to meet the needs of a changing population, culminating in the NHS Long-Term Plan which confirmed the ambition for every system in England to be ready to operate as an Integrated Care System from April 2021.
Out of this requirement came the Coventry & Warwickshire ICS in which decision-making, budgets, and frontline professionals are being brought together in a different way from ever before. The aim of doing this is not only to shape services in ways that better support local people and communities, but also to help to tackle the wider issues that can affect health.
When working with SWFT on behalf of Warwickshire Place, the project objective was to create and implement a roadmap to help transform SWFT from being a Provider to becoming a Host Provider for Warwickshire PLACE.
The Host Provider Implementation Roadmap was required to set out a framework for the work needed to be done and by when during 21/22 to achieve this objective.
The emergence of Integrated Care Systems remains a complex issue for many stakeholders across England. Through this work, HealthBid was able to firstly, simplify the context and draw out the key points of what was happening so they all stakeholders could establish a base understanding. We were then able to provide a clear roadmap for actions that could be easily implemented and provide the Board with clear recommendation to facilitate effective decision making.
The report is now being used to inform other organisations in Warwickshire as to the benefits of SWFT becoming Host Provider and communicate proposals with staff and local communities.