One Ilfracombe presents its ideas at top London health summit

One Ilfracombe's plan of working together to keep people in the town happy and healthy has gone under the spotlight on the national stage.

A team from the town travelled to London to speak at the King's Fund Integrated Care Summit about using local 'joined up services' to improve peoples' health, financial and living needs.

Their presentation on local services working more closely together was heard by a room full of national health care experts, including NHS chief executive Simon Stevens.

The One Ilfracombe team featured programme manger Andrea Beacham, Dr Andrew Moore, consultant psychiatrist from Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Dr John Womersley, chairman of Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG).

They argued that a wide range of combined services taking care of other needs such as education, employment and housing was better for people than the efforts of the NHS alone.

Andrea said: "We know that as service providers, we could work much more collaboratively and that would be more efficient at a time when everyone needs to make savings."

Dr Womersley added: "This was an excellent opportunity to showcase the work of One Ilfracombe at the annual summit of a very well respected and influential independent health care policy body. Our model is unusual in that it is led from the bottom-up and has commitment from the service providers, commissioners as well as the community and businesses. Other areas will be following our progress closely."