First Integrated Health and Care provider is launched in Dudley

The first NHS integrated health and care provider in the country has been launched in Dudley.

Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS (DIHC) was authorised on April 1st 2020. It brings together a range of health and care services in one organisation with primary care, delivered by General Practice, at its heart.

The ICP has been created from a partnership of local GPs, NHS Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, and Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The new organisation will have an immediate focus on leading the co-ordination of primary and secondary care services in response to the COVID-19 virus. As an organisation we are ideally placed to support our local partners within the NHS and wider system by responding to the unprecedented challenge that we find ourselves faced with.

The first services to be provided by the new organisation will be Primary Care Mental Health and Mental Health Talking Therapies. Other services will join once the contract is awarded on the 1st October 2020 by Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group.