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Our Strategy

Our strategy has been developed using information from the joint strategic needs assessments from the Council areas in BLMK and was approved by the BLMK Health and Care Partnership at its meeting on 14 December 2022.

In BLMK, we recognise that this is the first iteration of our strategy and it will continue to evolve as the needs of our population and communities change. The strategy emphasises our ambition to go further using our partnerships to support residents to live longer, and live more years in good health. 

The BLMK Integrated Care Board is now working with partners and places to develop and agree a two year operational plan which aligns to and supports delivery of our strategic priorities.

If you have any comments on the Health and Care Strategy please email: [email protected]

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Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Health and Care Partnership is an ‘Integrated Care System’.

That means health and care services are brought closer together.

It involves organisations working together, from NHS organisations and local councils through to Healthwatch, and voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.

The Partnership works for the benefit of people living in our four places:

Since our Partnership began in 2016, we have built the relationships needed to deliver better health and care so we can support people to live well for longer.

We involve the public to shape how health and care services are run, from planning and design through to delivery. Listening to the public is essential to improve services. Your voice matters to us, so we have set out how we make sure we listen to your voice, and act on it.

Read more about the Health and Care Partnership, Integrated Care Board and our responsibilities.

You can read more about our Partnership and how we’re working together to improve the lives of our communities in the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Long Term Plan 2019-24 which was published in 2020.

Living longer in good health – summary

Living longer in good health – full document

We have a number of other strategic plans and documents available in our Publications area.

Our vision

Our vision is for everyone in our city, towns, villages and communities to live a longer, healthier life.

Our Five Strategic Priorities

Our Integrated Care System has identified five key strategic priorities for health and social care across the area.

They are supported by seven cross-cutting enablers, which will help us to deliver against our priorities.

The priorities were identified following discussions with local people, our partners and patient forums.

Read more about our Strategic Priorities.

Health and Care Partnership

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Health and Care Partnership is the name we have given to our Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) which was established on 1 July 2022.

The Partnership is a joint Committee of the Integrated Care Board and the local Councils in our area.

It is chaired by a local authority elected member. The Health and Care Partnership has core members from NHS organisations, councils, GPs, Healthwatch and voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.

The Partnership meets quarterly and the meetings are held in public, so that anyone can attend. It will also hold workshops on issues that affect the health and care system. Experts and interested parties will be invited to these meetings.

The Partnership is responsible for the development and agreement of the Population Health Strategy for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. This strategy will be based on the Health and Wellbeing strategies from each of the council boroughs and population health information.

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