North East and North Cumbria AHSN
Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network is working in partnership with North East and North Cumbria Academic Health Science Network to support the accelerated understanding of the work being undertaken across the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS), in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have a huge opportunity to implement a health and care system fit for the 21st century, which in the long run, has the potential to feel and look very different and deliver significant positive benefits. This will only be possible if we capture important learnings from the crisis which will inform and support us to continue these positive changes in the future.
Therefore, it is important we take the time to understand what and how we can learn from the COVID-19 crisis and determine what it means for the way health and care may be delivered and services may be organised in the future. We also need to take the time to better understand which of the changes being rushed into practice now hold valuable lessons for the future, which are likely to continue delivering value after the crisis is over and should therefore be sustained in some form. The literature suggests there is no better time to begin thinking about the recovery phase of a pandemic than at its outset.
“It has been a privilege to work collaboratively with North East and Yorkshire Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), NHS England and NHS Improvement, and colleagues at North East and North Cumbria AHSN (NENC) to evaluate the impact of such changes in order to identify valuable learning that could inform short, medium and long-term plans. Yorkshire & Humber AHSN has been in a prime position to support our partners in the challenging task of identifying and understanding the impact of current changes for the future of the health and care systems at local, regional, national and international level with the objective of informing long-term reset planning".