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Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Partnership launches new strategy

An ambitious plan to tackle the root causes of ill health in Hertfordshire and West Essex has been launched.

A three-minute animation video and online booklet explain how voluntary and community groups, councils, Healthwatch, the police, social care providers and NHS organisations plan to work together for the benefit of 1.6 million people.

Cllr Richard Roberts, who chairs the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Partnership and is also leader of Hertfordshire County Council and chair of the Hertfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “The Integrated Care Partnership represents an opportunity for change – not just with organisations, the public and the voluntary sector working in a more co-ordinated way to proactively tackle health and wellbeing, but for our residents to have their say in how the work is delivered.

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“As we publish our new public-facing blueprint for this partnership, it is my hope that it inspires those who live and work here to get involved; to help shape our area into becoming the cleaner, greener and healthier place we all want to see for the future.”

Paul Burstow, chair of the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board, said: “We have developed this strategy by listening to the views and experiences of residents and staff, looking at the information which shows where the needs are greatest and focusing our attention where we believe we can make the biggest positive impact together.”


“Lots of our residents face really tough challenges every day. They may have had a difficult start in life, a mental health need or a physical or learning disability or are living with the daily responsibility of caring for a loved one who is unwell or ageing. I hope people will see from watching the video animation and reading the new booklet just how we plan to respond to this.”

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Cllr John Spence, cabinet member for health and adult social care at Essex County Council, said: “Our response to the Covid-19 pandemic showed what can be achieved when communities come together to support each other, and when county and district councils, the NHS and the voluntary and community sector work together with a common aim.

“With our combined commitment, expertise and resources, our partnership will help deliver the priorities that people will read and hear about in this new material we are launching. And there’s information in there about how you can continue to tell us what you think and help us take the action we have pledged.”

A version of the strategy has been produced in an ‘easy read’ format, for people with learning difficulties or disabilities. The new documents will also be available this month as hard copies in libraries across the area.