Hertfordshire and West Essex Joint Forward Plan 2024 - 2029

Foreword

Since the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB) was formed in July 2022, we have made progress together across a number of areas, some of which are set out in this plan.

However, as a system we are facing an unprecedented demand for many of our services and a constrained financial situation. Alongside this we have projected changes in the demographics of our communities which will make both of those challenges greater.

Our Joint Forward Plan sets out the key actions we plan to take, together with our partners, over the next five years and has been endorsed by both Essex and Hertfordshire Health and Wellbeing Boards.

Our plans have in part been guided by our Medium Term Operational and Financial Plan, which is in development, which will be published later this year. This will set out the significant changes we need to make to our model of care and our key areas of focus, as we seek to ensure we are a sustainable health and care system that delivers the best for its residents.

Both the Joint Forward Plan and the ICB’s Medium Term Plan are based around the changes we need to make as a system to:

• reduce health inequalities
• have a more anticipatory, community-based model of care
• deliver true integration of our services
• support patients to engage in self-management and collaborative care planning
• deliver annual financial plans which will ensure we are able to sustainably maintain and improve our services whilst delivering our wider priorities.

With the commitment, expertise and resources of the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System behind us, we are confident that we can deliver on our ambition to help build a brighter and healthier future for everyone who lives and works in our area.

Dr Jane Halpin, Chief Executive
Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB)

Rt. Hon. Paul Burstow, Chair
Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB)

Hertfordshire and West Essex Joint Forward Plan 2024 - 2029

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