NHS England (NHSE) has launched a consultation on its plans to expand the implementation of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) across England.
NHSE released a document detailing its plans for ICSs. Over the last two years, ICSs have been formed across England where NHS organisations work in partnership with local councils and others. Together, they take collective responsibility for managing resources, delivering NHS care and improving the health of their local population. ICSs aim to allow organisations to work together and coordinate services more effectively.
These new plans aim to expand ICSs across England and are part of the NHS Long Term Plan. From April 2021, all parts of the health and care system will have to work together as ICSs. Each ICS will:
- use data and digital to improve outcomes and connect health and care providers
- support partnerships between the NHS, local governments and others within their locality
- move to ‘strategic commissioning’, with an approach focussing on population health outcomes
The document outlines further operational and practical changes. It also provides legislative options that will formalise the role of ICSs, which are likely to take effect from April 2022.