Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership (NHCP) consists of key health and care organisations in the county.
While we all remain as separate organisations with our own local responsibilities for the services we provide, we are committed to working together towards a positive future for our community services.
By working more closely in partnership we are being ambitious about doing things differently and clear on our local priorities; so together we can improve the quality of care and the health and wellbeing of our community.
Members of our Partnership include:
Northampton General Hospital (NGH) and Kettering General Hospital (KGH) have well-established expertise in delivering acute physical care for our community. Acute care is a where a patient receives active but short-term treatment for a severe injury or episode of illness, an urgent medical condition, or during recovery from surgery. In medical terms, care for acute health conditions is the opposite of chronic care, or longer-term care.
Northamptonshire Heathcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) provides many of our county’s community health services outside of hospital and closer to home, such as community nursing and health visiting. It also provides our mental health care and other specialty services such as specialist dentistry. Community services are intended to help people who need health care closer to their home and aims to support them to live well and with independence wherever possible in the community.
Supporting our more day-to-day health needs we have doctors and other healthcare staff in GP practices across the county that provide our primary care. Typically the GP practice, or doctors’ surgery, acts as the first contact and main point of ongoing care for people locally, and coordinates other specialist care that people may need.
Our GP practices are often part of GP federations, which locally include 3Sixty Care, GP Alliance, and PML. These GP federations also provide a range of other health services which support GP practices and provide care to the broader community. Practices nationally are also coming together to form much larger, single-partnership ‘Super-Practices’. Lakeside Healthcare Group in Northamptonshire is one of the country’s largest such super-practices.
Northamptonshire County Council provides much of our local community services and social care. This includes adult social care, children and family services, education, libraries and public health services.
In addition to Northamptonshire County Council, the district and borough councils in our county look after many of our government services at a local level, such as housing, waste management, museums and much more. Proposals are in place to reform the structure of local government in Northamptonshire by 2020. Find out more about these proposals.
Our voluntary and community service providers deliver a wider range of services and local community support. They make a significant contribution to Northamptonshire’s development and our provision of care.
East Midlands Ambulance Service provides emergency 999 care and telephone clinical assessment services for a population of 4.8 million people, including our county.
Commissioning is the continual process of planning, agreeing, procuring, funding and then monitoring the services that we need to provide health and social care across Northamptonshire. Our commissioning is undertaken by a range of organisations, including Nene and Corby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS England and Northamptonshire County Council.
Our vision and mission
Our vision for the future of Northamptonshire’s health and care services is for a positive lifetime of health, wellbeing and care in our community.
Our mission in working together, the reason we do what we do, is to empower positive futures. Wherever we work and whatever our role we all want people in Northamptonshire to be able to choose well, stay well, live well.