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Joint Forward Plan

The Joint Forward Plan sets out how the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (ICB) will deliver on the national vision of high-quality healthcare for all, through equitable access, excellent experience, and optimal outcomes over the next five years.

It aims to:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of the population.
  • Provide high-quality services that are fair and accessible to everyone.
  • Make the health and social care system more efficient and sustainable.

The Joint Forward Plan includes information on our detailed deliverables and metrics (key projects and how we will measure success) and our enablers (such as information on workforce, digital and estates).

It meets the government’s requirements for the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS planning guidance. It includes specific objectives that will help us achieve the goals set out in these documents.

The Joint Forward Plan covers five years and will be updated annually to reflect the latest evidence and our changing priorities.

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Development of the Joint Forward Plan

We developed our Joint Forward Plan by building on the work of the Health and Wellbeing Boards, and the 2023/2024 Operational Plan.

The findings from Have Your Say, the public engagement we did in 2022, have also been essential to creating this Joint Forward Plan, and other operational plans.

The Joint Forward Plan is structured around the four responsibilities of the Health and Care Improvement Groups (HCIGs):

  • Improve population health and wellbeing
  • Deliver quality services
  • Improve efficiency and sustainability
  • Engage with the public and partners

The HCIGs will work together to deliver the priorities set out in the Joint Forward Plan.

This will involve:

  • Co-designing with patients, carers, and other providers
  • Developing and implementing interventions and changes
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress

As we move towards making specific changes, we will continue to co-design with input from our clinicians, practitioners and the public to make sure our plans meet their needs.

We are not proposing any major service changes or reconfigurations at present. We may need to consult with people in the future when the ICS has developed further.