Commissioning for joined-up health and social care services

In Buckinghamshire, we work with the Council and healthcare organisations to commission services in a more joined-up way for local residents. Services are frequently commissioned with the council through our Integrated Commissioners.

Find out about the Buckinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership.

We also work across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB) integrated care system and commission services where appropriate.

Our aim is to improve the health of people in Buckinghamshire through a joined-up approach which:

  • Provides services in the community that support people to stay well at home and maintain their independence
  • Provides a rapid response and 24 hour support when someone has a health or social crisis and enables people to remain at home when possible.
  • Removes unnecessary delays that prevent people getting back home after a stay in hospital.


What will it mean for patients?

This short animation from The King’s Fund tells the story of Sam. It shows how an integrated approach gives patients a better experience, improves their wellbeing, helps staff to communicate and work better together, and makes better use of resources.

The animation is for anyone with an interest in improving patient care.


Benefits for patients

  • A more seamless approach to care and prevention, improved patient experience and reduce the need to repeat information to different health or care staff.
  • A more holistic approach to health and wellbeing – seeing the whole person not just one of their illnesses or social problems in isolation
  • More care and support for patients at home, enabling people to remain independent for longer
  • Better health for those most at risk of a health crisis which could lead to a hospital admission, by planning care needs, better management of long term conditions and reducing risk factors such as loneliness and isolation
  • Reduced admissions to hospital and care homes
  • Improved health and more positive patient experiences of care
  • Better use of financial resources for the CCG, Council and care providers.


Help us shape the future

We welcome the views of local residents, as individuals, through patient groups or other organisations as we develop and commission services with a more joined up way of working.

We have an agreed approach across the ICP when designing a new health and social care service with our Service design and engagement framework.

1600 local people have also joined our resident’s panel, and have the opportunity to take part in surveys, receive news and updates and scrutinise our plans.


Join our residents’ panel

If you would like to help shape the future of integrated health and social care services in Buckinghamshire please get in touch

Email or call 01296 382444