At the heart of our role as a new integrated care board is the commitment to listen consistently to, and collectively act on, the experience and aspirations of local people and communities.

This includes supporting people and communities to sustain and improve their health and wellbeing, as well as involving people and communities in developing plans and priorities, and continually improving services.

The insights and diverse thinking of people and communities from across South Yorkshire are essential to help us build on all the strengths within those communities and tackle health inequalities and the other challenges faced by our health and care system.

NHS England has published statutory guidance for Integrated Care Boards, NHS trusts and foundation trusts on working with people and communities. It supports us to meet our public involvement legal duties and deliver the Health and Care Act’s ‘triple aim’ of better health and wellbeing, improved quality of services and the sustainable use of resources.

The guidance supports NHS organisations to build collaborative and meaningful partnerships with people, including by working with the VCSE sector to understand different communities’ needs and to involve them in decisions about health and care services.

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