Sir Simon Stevens, NHS Chief Executive, has announced integrated care systems (ICS) will be put on a statutory footing by April 2022, if legislation can be passed early next year.
Speaking at an NHS Confederation conference, Sir Simon said:
“We want everyone to be working as an ICS… from April 2021. If we get legislation in the first part of next year, we expect to be able to put those on a statutory basis by April 2022.”
In September, Sir Simon told the HSJ NHS England was expecting legislation in the first half of 2021 which will give ICS a “legal form”. Creating them as new organisations is likely to involve the abolition of clinical commissioning groups which were created in 2013.
The legislation is expected to include a reversal of competition rules and regulation, but the timing remains uncertain.
For more information, please read the HSJ article.