The East and North Hertfordshire Health and Care Partnership covers the council areas of:
- Borough of Broxbourne
- District of East Hertfordshire
- Borough of Welwyn Hatfield
- Borough of Stevenage
- District of North Hertfordshire (excluding Royston)
The partnership aims to:
- improve the health and wellbeing of the people living in the area
- reduce the health inequalities that exist
- help ensure the collective resources of the partnership are used as efficiently, effectively, and sustainably as possible
- enable local NHS bodies, local authorities, health and care providers, and other stakeholders work together to transform health and care services around the needs of local communities
- help facilitate improvements in relationships, trust, and understanding between the members of the partnership.
The partnership has developed its strategy and has ten priority areas of work including:
- Heart failure – a new clinical model has been designed that focuses on prevention and long term condition management led by teams with different clinical expertise coming together
- ‘Waiting Well’ – a pilot scheme to provide support to vulnerable patients waiting for hospital treatment through Hertfordshire’s ‘Community Navigator’ service
- Stroke and neurological care – which aims to deliver an integrated stroke service that meets the new national standards
- Frailty – a broad programme of work which includes end of life care, community-based clinics and supporting people with their skin, tissue and wound care.
The partnership is looking at how it can build on existing relationships with the voluntary sector and have a stronger focus on inequalities and the wider factors which determine people’s health and wellbeing.
A ‘Community Assembly’ has been set up so the partnership can hear the views and experiences of patients and voluntary organisations.