Engaging with district councils
Why district councils are well placed to understand the neighbourhoods and places that systems are trying to support.
6 July 2023
The Hewitt review: next steps and implementation
ICS leaders have shared their key priorities for implementing the Hewitt review recommendations.
8 June 2023
Reflections on the digital journey across Frimley ICS
Digital tools can enhance patient care and improve workforce experience without losing the compassion inherent in health and care, writes Sam Burrows.
15 March 2023
Harnessing digital to deliver system ambitions
Matthew Taylor and Saffron Cordery explore how digital can help deliver the ambitions of integrated care systems (ICSs).
19 October 2022
If the ICB board culture isn’t right, it simply won’t work
The importance of integrated care boards’ structure is secondary to ensuring the right culture within the board, writes Lena Samuels.
26 July 2022
The new leadership required for a new world
The right infrastructure will only be a part of ICSs’ success. What will be key is a shift in leadership culture.
12 July 2022
New beginnings for the NHS
As integrated care systems today become statutory bodies, our new ICS Network director Sarah Walter shares her hopes for what is to come.
1 July 2022
Making continuing healthcare work better for all
Lou Patten says changes are needed for NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments, and offers recommendations for joint working practice to deliver it.
2 June 2022
Housing, health and care need a step change to improve mental health
Greater integration with the housing sector can create positive outcomes for everyone.
6 May 2022
A peer network can help ICB leaders navigate the new NHS era
A network of peers can provide much-needed support for integrated care board (ICB) leaders, in their navigation of mutual challenges.
8 April 2022
Diversity on ICS boards is key for NHS success
A more robust recruitment process is needed to ensure equality in recruiting to ICS boards.
11 March 2022
Parity of power, diversity of contribution
Key principles that might be applied to the relationship between ICSs and provider collaboratives.
10 March 2022
CCG lessons and legacy for ICSs
A look at how clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have set the stage for integrated care systems (ICSs).
3 March 2022
We must walk in each other’s shoes to get systems working
Joint exploration, learning and networking will serve integrated care systems well as a new chapter beckons, writes Dr Kathy McLean.
24 February 2022
The importance of networking for systems
Matthew Taylor on how we're equipping integrated care systems to thrive, ensuring that they deliver real benefits for their populations.
21 February 2022
Integrated care partnerships: time to get serious
Matthew Taylor floats four propositions to help ensure that integrated care partnerships fly.
10 February 2022
Collaboration must be at the heart of the future of health and care
Integrated care systems (ICSs) and provider collaboratives are at the heart of reforms to enable more collaboration within and outside of the NHS.
3 February 2022
From fourth objective to system change
The government’s fourth core objective for ICSs might be the least understood currently, but could be the one that has the most wide-reaching impact.
31 January 2022
Ensuring local government is fully integrated at all levels of an ICS
Integrating care is a change of mindset and ways of working. It is vital that everyone understands the full role that local councils will play.
28 January 2022
ICS delay muddies leadership and threatens accountability
Poor communication about ICS delays hasn't helped what can be an already difficult situation.
14 January 2022
Be bold with the ask: embedding the VCSE in system planning and design
Partnership working between the voluntary sector, local government and the NHS is crucial to improving care for people and communities.
12 January 2022
Appointments to integrated care boards
Strategic thinking is required to ensure key roles in integrated care boards are appointed to appropriately, so they can operate from 1 July 2022.
5 January 2022
Integration is the only way forward for a sustainable health care system
April 2022 is the starting point for ICSs, not the end goal, argues Lou Patten.
30 November 2021
System leadership: reflections on learning by doing
Chris Ham sets out his reflections on the learning from his three years as chair of Coventry and Warwickshire ICS.
5 November 2021
Improving population health relies on leadership not just in health and care
Many countries have seen health inequalities exacerbated and poorer population health outcomes since the start of the pandemic.
4 November 2021
Solidarity in difference – the ICS conundrum
Matthew Taylor explores the potential for ICS leaders to become wider influencers through building a powerful collective voice.
29 October 2021
The best service the NHS has offered yet
With medicines optimisation costs increasing, effective approaches are needed at national, systems and place levels with ICSs playing a key part.
27 October 2021
Recognising the role independent providers play in integrated care systems
Independent providers and the NHS must take an ‘all shoulders to the wheel’ approach to integrated care, or risk doing patients a disservice.
25 October 2021
Unpacking system leadership
Matthew Taylor on system leadership and why thinking like a system but acting like an entrepreneur is the order of the day.
21 September 2021
Responding to challenges requires a partnership of equals
ICS leaders are rising to the challenge of strengthening system partnerships while preparing to take on statutory responsibilities from April 2022.
23 August 2021
On the precipice of change: primary care networks
The role of PCNs within ICSs is about to significantly change with the introduction of the new health and social care bill.
23 July 2021
Let’s hardwire difference into the ICS world
With differences between ICS, it is vital that there is flexibility to enable systems to respond agilely to meet their particular circumstances.
26 May 2021
Procurement in an ICS – let’s really do it differently to benefit patients
Changes to procurement are welcomed by the ICS Network and NHS Clinical Commissioners, with the need for transparency and a level of consistency.
24 May 2021
What does a leader look like?
Sarah Walter explains that the way leaders are leading is changing and can be at variance to preconceptions of what leadership is.
12 May 2021
If you can’t navigate an integrated care system, it isn’t a system
GP Helen Davies considers why the measurement of integrated care system success must be what service users experience.
9 May 2021
Five factors for provider collaboration & strategic commissioning
Collaboration has become a buzz word in the development of integrated care systems.
25 April 2021
Legislation must require clinical and lay members on ICS boards
The recent health and care white paper has broadly been welcomed by health leaders, but there are still concerns that need to be addressed.
1 April 2021
Commissioning is everyone’s business
As the NHS moves to integrated care, we look at the integral role of commissioning in integrated care systems.
17 March 2021
NHS Reset: Integration in action
COVID-19 has exposed health inequalities and given a platform for increased partnership working and integrated care.
29 September 2020
NHS Reset: Beyond commissioning - MHCC leading, facilitating, helping out during COVID-19
Beyond commissioning and how it has added value to the response to COVID-19.
9 September 2020
Another chapter in the COVID-19 story begins...
The expectations of phase 3 of COVID-19 pandemic and cautions not to raise expectations beyond what can be delivered.
3 August 2020
NHS Reset: The future of clinical commissioning and resetting the NHS
Our NHS Reset campaign contributes to the public debate on what the health and care system should look like in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
23 June 2020
NHS Reset: Health and social care are undeniably intertwined: If one fails, the other falls
NHS Reset is a campaign to contribute to the public debate on what the health and care system should look like in the aftermath of the pandemic.
16 June 2020
NHS Reset: Will COVID-19 be remembered as the catalyst for system-working?
NHS Reset is a new NHS Confederation campaign to contribute to the public debate on what the health and care system should look like post-COVID-19.
6 May 2020
Integrated care: service proximity is the aim, cultural change is the gain
A look at the benefits of system working.
9 March 2020
Using ‘place’ to do the right thing and solve local issues
How the concept of ‘place’ has made an impact in Mid-Nottinghamshire.
5 March 2020
What is our contribution to tackling health inequality?
Examining what health services can do to address health inequalities.
2 March 2020
Place, sweet place
The NHS Long Term Plan makes it clear that health and care services will have to change. But what is the best way to take this forward?
24 February 2020