West Northamptonshire

The ICS Model of Operation in West Northamptonshire is based on NHS Guidance and the experiences of other Integrated Care Systems across the UK.

The Framework for the Operating Model can be seen here.

To help explain the Framework please read the following guidance notes:

The System is commonly known as the Integrated Care System which seeks to achieve better health outcomes for communities within Northamptonshire. In attempting this, the System must have due regard to not only clinical health priorities (such as Mental Health or Elective Care) but the wider determinants of health in society.

What constitutes a wider determinant can be viewed here.

Place is an important part of the Integrated Care system. In West Northamptonshire, Place based delivery against health inequalities or the wider determinants of health will be monitored by the Health and Wellbeing Board which is a group of varied stakeholders from the Local Authority and other public sectors (such as the Police or Fire Authority), Health strategists and the Voluntary Sector.

Community and Locality will be delivered by Local Area Partnerships (Geographic areas with households of between 30,000 and 50,000) and Community Wellbeing Forums. It is proposed that there will be 9 Local Area Partnerships spanning West Northamptonshire. The first 2 are known as pioneering Local Area Partnerships in Northampton, Daventry and South Northamptonshire.


The Health and Wellbeing Forum in Northampton has been long established and will help deliver services into the new established N4 Local Area Partnership. The N4 Partnership is largely based on Ward Boundaries and includes: Dallington Spencer, Castle, Abington and Phippsville, St George and Kings Heath.

Daventry and South Northants:

The Health and Wellbeing Forum in Daventry and South Northants has been reconfigured and will support the Local Area Partnership for DSN4 which includes Bugbrooke, Towcester and Roade, Deanshanger and Hackleton and Grange Park.

How will the Local Area Partnerships and the Forums make their health-based decisions?

Each Local Area Partnership will use Insight Data on Health trends and patterns to determine their priorities. In addition, West Northamptonshire has instituted a Programme called Live Your Best Life.

Live Your Best Life is a strapline for the 10 ambitions which West Northamptonshire Council in conjunction with their Health Counterparts hope to achieve through the Integrated Care System.

The ambitions are set out here:

  • Thriving Childhood
  • Access to the best available education and learning
  • Opportunity to be fit, well and independent
  • Employment that keeps them and their families out of poverty
  • Housing that is affordable, safe, and sustainable in places which are clean and green
  • To feel safe in their homes and when out and about
  • Connected to their families and friends
  • The chance for a fresh start when things go wrong
  • Access to health and social care when they need it
  • To be accepted and valued simply for who they are.

Local Area Partnerships will:

  • Build a local relationship with communities and support the ambitions of Live Your Best Life.
  • Build community involvement & engagement and put this at the heart of improving health and wellbeing.
  • Grasp opportunities together to improve areas and people lives and meet local needs.
  • Build community design and doing through improved understanding of communities.
  • Integrate services at a local level to focus on the needs of the community

Where does the Voluntary and Community Sector fit?

The Voluntary and Community Sector has relevance at Community or Locality as it provides services into beneficiaries who live, work, and invest in a Place.

Voluntary and Community organisations will be asked to contribute based upon what the Health Insights Data and the ambitions of Live Your Best Life view as a priority.

This may be within a Local Area Partnership or a Community Wellbeing Forum.