BLMK Integrated Care System
Plans for health services to work together in local 'footprints' are being developed across England.
Milton Keynes is working with Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Luton (known as the BLMK footprint) to develop plans that will set out how local services will evolve to become sustainable over the next five years (click link below for map of the area).
The aim is for health and care services within the NHS to work more closely together to provide affordable, high quality services for local communities.
Originally called the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (BLMK STP), these have since been renamed the BLMK Integrated Care Partnership, working as an Integrated Care System. Read more about work underway in these systems in this King's Fund article.
April 2018 Update
BLMK have published the first ICS Single Operating Plan, which is in response to the NHSE planning guidance published in February 2018. It sets out BLMK's shared transformation programme across 15 organisations and General Practice partners, outlining the BLMK system priorities and approach. You can view the Single Operating Plan here.
Essentially, the plan aims to inform the public about what Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes, as an Integrated Care Partenrship are planning to focus on in 2018/19 in order to work closer together across the five ICS priority areas: Prevention, Primary Care, Secondary Care, Digitisation and System Redesign.
We want to ensure that local people are kept informed of changes that affect them, and that the patient voice is represented in the developing process. We know that reading these kind of ducuments can be tough. If you have any questions about the Integrated Care System contact us here.