We spoke with Catherine Mountford the Director of Governance of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board (BOB ICB) about her involvement in the Health Alliance from the very beginning.
Tell us about your organisation
BOB ICB is the NHS statutory body formed on 1 July 2022. Our role is to join up health and care services, improve people’s health and well-being, and make sure everyone has the same access to services and gets the same outcomes from treatment. We also oversee how money is spent and make sure health services work well and are of high quality and work in close partnership with our partner organisations to achieve this.
What is your role within it?
My role is to ensure we have an effective and safe way of working that supports the delivery of our objectives. This also needs to ensure that we ensure we are working with our people and communities, VCSE and partner organisations and that this input is embedded in our decision-making structures.
How did you discover the Health Alliance?
As we were developing BOB ICB I had the pleasure of becoming one of the links to the alliance to build our relationship. As part of this, I presented at one of the quarterly meetings and joined up so I could continue to build the relationship.
How has being part of the Alliance helped you?
The fantastic and responsive team are helping us work through how we ensure the input of the VCSE and the added value they bring on insight and service delivery becomes more embedded in the way we work.
Have you built your network since joining?
Yes, through working with William and Stephen on the workshop we are holding on 8 March and also from alliance members presenting at one of our ICB Board workshops.
What would you say if you were to recommend it to others?
Do! Access to such an inspiring and challenging group will support us all to do better and go further for our residents.