Why integrated working is important?

We all want the very best health and wellbeing for our families, friends, communities and for ourselves. And when we need to access health and care services, we want these to provide us with the best care and the best outcomes.

Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) are partnerships that bring providers and commissioners of NHS services across a geographical area together with local authorities and other local partners to collectively plan health and care services to meet the needs of their local population. This solidifies the move away from the old legislative focus on competition to a new framework that supports collaboration.

The Health and Care Act 2022 has now completed the parliamentary process and has received Royal Assent. This is an important step on the journey towards establishing ICSs, moving them onto a statutory footing with the establishment of Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) and Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs). This will take place on 1 July 2022 as communicated in the NHS 2022/2023 priorities and operational planning guidance.

Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) are split into two parts:

Brief background to Integrated Care Boards (ICBs)

Each Integrated Care System (ICS) will have an Integrated Care Board (ICB), a statutory organisation bringing the NHS together locally to improve population health and establish shared strategic priorities within the NHS. When ICBs are legally established, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be abolished.

The new organisation will be known as NHS Cheshire and Merseyside.

Brief background to Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs)

ICPs will bring together a wider range of partners, not just the NHS, to develop a plan to address the broader health, public health, and social care needs of the population.

The ICP will retain the existing Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership brand.

 

Find an easy read briefing explaining integrated care systems, here.

Meet the NHS Cheshire and Merseyside leadership team

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