ICS development – new target date 1 July 2022

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The Health and Care Bill, which intends to put Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) on a statutory footing and create Integrated Care Boards (ICBs), is currently being considered by parliament.

To allow sufficient time for the remaining parliamentary stages, a new target date of 1 July 2022 has been agreed for new statutory arrangements to take effect and Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) to be legally and operationally established. This replaces the previous target date of 1 April 2022.

This new target date will provide some extra flexibility for systems preparing for the new statutory arrangements and managing the immediate priorities in the pandemic response, while maintaining our momentum towards more effective system working.

We are continuing to prepare for the closure of CCGs and the establishment of NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board, working towards the new target date.

Graham Urwin, Designate Chief Executive, said: “Please be assured that this short delay does not affect our priorities and what we are currently doing to achieve a smooth transition of staff and functions. Our work towards organisational redesign will continue at pace. If anything, the extra time will allow for better engagement with you, our partners, our communities and, of course, our staff.

“In keeping with this mindset, recruitment processes are well underway for key leadership roles, non-executive directors and the Designate Chair. We will soon begin appointing to the positions of our nine place leads. Stakeholders are involved with the process for all appointments and place leads will either be joint appointments with the local authority or, where this is not yet possible, appointments will be made to the ICB with local authority input to the decision.

“The new target date does, however, allow us to focus on the immediate demands of Covid, the ambitious booster programme and the operational practicalities that ensue.

“During my first few weeks, I have been greatly impressed by the commitment of all individuals and organisations to working in partnership. We are all agreed that, together, we can have a much greater impact on people’s lives.”

The establishment of statutory ICS arrangements, and timing for this, remains subject to the passage of legislation by Parliament.

If you have any questions, please email: cm.partnership@nhs.net

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