Developing partnerships - don't avoid the difficult conversations

On 4th October 2023, Public Policy Projects welcomed health and care leaders from across the south west for the South West ICS Delivery Forum to debate and discuss the key challenges the region is facing in the delivery of integrated care.

Central to these discussions were the importance of collaboration, the need for system-level data strategies, and how ICSs can harness all assets at their disposal to improve population health and reduce health inequalities.

When discussing partnerships or collaboration, it can be tempting to think in terms of agreement; if organisations are collaborating, they probably have areas of common agreement. Commercial health partner, Rhian Vandrill speaking at the ICS Delivery Forum commented:

 “don’t make an agreement that’s going to be broken. Sometimes you need to air difficult subjects to create an agreement that you all buy in to.”

You can read PPP’s South West ICS Delivery Forum report here and early forum reports here.

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