Integrated Care Prototype

General Practitioners Office

The Integrated Care Prototype is a new approach to the planning and delivery of health and social care services based on partnership working.  The focus of the prototype is to improve health outcomes for the local population and address inequalities in health.

The new system will build relationships between the Trust and GPs who will share responsibilities and accountability.  This will be through a collaborative approach and will involve everyone who has a stake in the health of the population.  It will optimise our shared skills and assets and minimise our boundaries.

At present GP services operate separately to Primary Care and Health and Social Trusts in Northern Ireland. The Integrated Care Prototype brings all services together, so they are commissioned together with the idea of bringing about improved population health.

It will improve all round services, for example in Diabetes care, people living with diabetes will be offered extended support and care from their GP/Primary Care Team and more complex cases would be under a shared care approach between the GP and the Hospital service. For residents of Nursing Homes, we plan to reduce the numbers of residents attending the Acute Hospital Emergency Department (ED) and for Physiotherapy, we plan to reduce waiting times.

It is expected that shared resources will improve shared resources and provide a more efficient system when looking at how funding is spent. The new model of working, the Integrated Care Prototype will mean more clinics are provided but all staff are still employed by the GP services and Health and Social Care Board respectively.


Briefing paper



12th December 2019

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