Meet the organisations breaking down barriers in health and social care


A new paper published today celebrates the success of Health and Care Portsmouth – a partnership of six local organisations working together to improve health and social care for local people.

The paper, ‘Making the case for joined up working in health and social care‘, is a series of case studies which highlight the way teams and services are breaking down barriers by working together and sharing resources and budgets, to develop better services for residents.

Helen Atkinson, Chair of Health and Care Portsmouth Partnership Board and Director of Public Health at Portsmouth City Council, said:

“We have a strong history of partnership working in Portsmouth, which is something we are all so proud to be part of. Our partnerships put us in a strong position to effectively plan and deliver services that focus on the individual, use every Portsmouth pound to best effect, and create seamless services for our population. Our enthusiasm and passion to deliver it is what makes it’s all come together.”

Health and Care Portsmouth was first established as a partnership in 2015, with a Blueprint for Health and Care Portsmouth recently being refreshed to confirm the vision for services in the city, the principles that govern working together, and the commitment that partners make to continue the journey of integrated health and care.

The five priorities for Health and Care Portsmouth are broadly defined as:

  • Health improvement and reducing health inequalities
  • Children’s services 0-19 (and 0-25 for young people with special educational needs)
  • Adults with the most complex needs
  • Integrated community care model
  • Person-centred care

In the paper, there is a case study for each priority which highlights successful integration between teams from different organisations to deliver services collectively.

Case studies featured in the paper include:

  • Joint commissioning between Public Health at Portsmouth City Council and NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board to improve access to reproductive health care in general practice and community pharmacy
  • An integrated multi-disciplinary team with staff from Portsmouth City Council and Solent NHS Trust that has successfully reduced demand for neurodiversity diagnoses for children and young people
  • An in-house community-based support service for adults with autism that has coproduced services with the autism community
  • The development of an integrated multi-disciplinary discharge team with staff from Portsmouth City Council and Solent NHS Trust that support patients to leave hospital more quickly
  • An integrated Learning Disability Service team between Portsmouth City Council and Solent NHS Trust that is successfully delivering high-quality services for residents with learning disabilities

Each case study includes an overview of the service or project, the way the teams are working, the impact it’s having, and the lessons learnt.

Helen added:

“We are so proud of the work that’s been delivered in Portsmouth over the last decade (and beyond), and we want to share that work. We want to share our learnings – the mistakes as well as the best practice – with other NHS organisations, local authorities, and the voluntary and community sectors – to ensure that more people can benefit from joined up health and social care.

“Our way of working has taken a long time to develop, and it might not work for everyone, but in times of austerity, when funding and resources are more restricted than ever before, we want to share our learnings in the hope that more people can see the benefits of truly integrated working.”

The six organisations involved in Health and Care Portsmouth are:

  • HIVE Portsmouth
  • NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board
  • Portsmouth City Council
  • Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
  • Portsmouth Primary Care Alliance
  • Solent NHS Trust

The organisations work as partners in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care System, to ensure the successful implementation of health and care services for Portsmouth in line with the aims of the Integrated Care System.

Front cover of report 'Making the case for joined up working in health and social care'

Read the report: ‘Making the case for joined up working in health and social care‘.