Today I am in Nottingham – lots of desk work to do before I run a co design workshop this evening with people living with long term health issues. When I was deciding where to base myself, I immediately thought of the Mary Potter Centre – an integrated building and a fantastic community resource in one of the most deprived parts of Nottingham.

It houses GP practices, health clinics, a day centre and a library. There’s a pharmacy and a café too. There are rooms you can hire and areas where you could hold peer group meetings or group consultations or other community get-togethers. It feels as if buildings do matter – ‘build it and they will come’.

Perhaps the real test of a successful integrated health and care system is that we want to go the health centre – even when we are well and don’t want to see a doctor! Now that would be an interesting metric!

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