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Delivering Services Closer to Home

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Primary and community care are at the core of the delivery of health and social care needs.  Primary and community care services support people to manage and maintain their health and well-being, and have the potential to prevent the development of conditions which might require hospitalisation.  They can also facilitate earlier discharge from hospital.

One of the major proposals in Transforming Your Care was the establishment of 17 Integrated Care Partnerships.  These newly formed Partnerships are a new way of working for the health service in Northern Ireland to transform how care is delivered.

ICPs are collaborative networks of care providers, bringing together doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, hospital specialists, other healthcare professionals and the voluntary and community sectors, as well as service users and carers, to design and coordinate local health and social care services.

To help deliver care closer to home, new Health and Care Centres will provide a range of services under one roof such as GPs, physiotherapy, podiatry, social care, x-ray and ultrasound investigations.  This will help reduce the number of hospital visits for many people.

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Integrated Care Partnerships
Health and Care Centres
Choose Well – Get the right treatment for you and help manage your health service resources. Find out more on NI Direct and the HSC Board website.



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