Dr Kelvin Lim has been appointed to the Integrated Care Board (ICB) of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire as a Partner Member representing primary care. Dr Lim is eligible for membership of the Board due to him being a practising GP at Eastwood Primary Care Centre and he will also continue as Medical Director at PICS.

The ICB launched on 1 July 2022 and is a group of people who will lead strategic development of a partnership across health care, social and community care, local authorities, the voluntary sector and community groups. Everyone involved is tasked with working collaboratively to improve the lives of people in our city and county as part of a new Integrated Care System (ICS). Similar systems and boards launched across England at the same time.

Partner members are asked to bring their knowledge and a perspective from their sectors to the work of the Board, and play a key role in establishing new ways of working across the system to meet the needs of citizens. They will be accountable to the ICB Chair and alongside other members of the Board, they will have collective and corporate accountability for the delivery of the ICB’s functions and statutory duties.

Kelvin was nominated for the role and joined a panel interview earlier in June. He explains why he got on Board and how he’ll fit it in with his role as Medical Director of PICS and a practising GP at Eastwood Primary Care Centre:

“It’s very positive for primary care to have a seat at the table to drive integrated care forward for Notts and Bassetlaw. I’m really excited to represent General Practice and Primary Care Networks, Optometry, community Pharmacy and Dentistry.

“I believe the new ICB structure will unify people so that we can understand residents in totality. We should be able to find common pathways that will enable every resident to access holistic, person-focused services from wherever they make contact and no matter what their circumstance.

“I want to find a strategy that helps us get a win for Nottingham residents all round. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on the Board to embrace the timely opportunities this new structure offers us. We know we’re going to come across pitfalls, but we have courage enough to face them. Our shared commitment to collaborative agreement will enable us to drive change forward and improve patient outcomes.

“I’ve had a wonderful response from colleagues across the city and county who have wished me well in the new role. My current work puts me in an excellent position to deliver in the Board role and I’ll be continuing as Medical Director at PICS and in my role as a practising GP at Eastwood Primary Care Centre. This means I’ll continue working day to day with PCNs, place-based partnerships and within a federation of GPs across Nottingham City, County and Bassetlaw, while connecting with more networks and people to ensure I can represent and include Dentistry, Pharmacy and Optometry.”

Find out more about the Integrated Care Board here: Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICB.