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Working Together Principles

Find out about our Working Together principles, which were coproduced by clinicians and care professionals across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Royston.

Working Together Principles

Clinicians and care professionals throughout Cambridgeshire & Peterborough have co-produced a set of guiding principles to help us all work together in a better, more effective way – leading to better care for local people as well as a better work environment for staff. You can read the full  'Working Together' guiding principles document here. A toolkit to help you promote and share the principles is avaiable on our toolkit webpage.

The three Guiding Principles are:

1. Keeping the person at the centre of decisions

2. Considerate, quality, and timely communications with local people and colleagues

3. Respecting professional accountability and responsibility

The principles in action

Since the principles were first launched in 2023, health and social care have been using them to improve both how they work with colleagues, and to secure better outcomes for the people in our care. You can read more about this in the case studies below. We will regularly add new case studies to this page.

Using the Dynamic Health Service pathway

Historically acute trusts in our area have not been able to refer people directly to the Dynamic Health service, which supports people with musculoskeletal conditions. This has led to delays and less strong outcomes for the people we look after in the past.

Based on our shared principle of considerate, quality and timely communications with colleagues, one of the providers in our area took the initiative to find a better solution for Dynamic Health Service Referrals in our area. Acute Trusts are now able to refer directly into the service, providing an efficient pathway for the staff so people get the care they need more quickly.

Supporting a patient with chronic kidney disease

Colleagues at the ICB, CUH and the patients GP practice worked together to support a person with chronic kidney disease.  Due to safety concerns of the way that a drug required was being stored, the GP practice was unable to continue supporting their care in the community.  Clinicians at the ICB worked with the GP practice and the renal clinicians to support a mechanism that enabled care to continue being able to be delivered in the community, whilst ensuring oversight and decision making was kept within the specialist hospital team.  This meant that the person did not need to travel to the hospital to receive a treatment that could be delivered locally.