Regional support

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Health and care systems are having to work in new and different ways to meet the needs of their local populations. The Long Term Plan provides a ten-year year vision for how health and care systems will develop from STP footprints into integrated care systems.

To support the move towards more integrated working across health and care, we have established a regional team to provide practical support to local systems and their leaders.

The team works with system leaders to identify how best to support peer learning and spread good practice on integration. They facilitate regional discussions on system and place-based issues with sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) and integrated care system (ICS) leaders, programme directors, and members of STP/ICS partnership boards. Do get in touch with your regional lead.

What the team does

The regional team provides access to learning and good practice, supports relationships and leadership development, and creates opportunities to influence national policy and thinking.

The focus of each regional network is determined locally, but fulfils a number of functions, such as:

  • providing an independent forum to discuss challenges and opportunities facing local systems and help to disseminate learning and best practice
  • promoting joint working and integration between local authorities, NHS, clinicians and the voluntary sector, complementing and signposting to existing support from national bodies, peers and others
  • facilitating a dialogue with national bodies about the key issues facing local systems and enable more co-production of national policy.

They also provide a stronger and more direct link between members and the Confederation, acting as a conduit to transmit messages and concerns to national bodies.

There is no charge to individuals or organisations for taking part in the networks.

Who can take part?

The networks will bring together people from across roles and topics, including:

  • STP/ICS leaders and chairs | Local authority senior officers
  • STP/ICS programme directors | Voluntary sector leaders
  • STP/ICS clinical leads | STP/ICS partnership boards
  • NEDs, CCG lay members and local authority members

Contact your regional lead

North East and Yorkshire
Kerry McQuade

North West
Rory Deighton

East Midlands
Gemma Whysall
West Midlands
Denise Vittorino
East of England
Fiona Claridge
Gemma Whysall
Fiona Claridge
South West
Sarah Walter
South East
Helen Wolstenholme

 Find your regional lead by STP/ICS

  • Bath and North Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire: Sarah Walter
  • Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes: Gemma Whysall
  • Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West: Helen Wolstenholme
  • Birmingham and Solihull: Denise Vittorino
  • Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire: Sarah Walter
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough: Gemma Whysall
  • Cheshire and Merseyside: Rory Deighton
  • Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly: Sarah Walter
  • Coventry and Warwickshire: Denise Vittorino
  • Derbyshire: Denise Vittorino
  • Devon: Sarah Walter
  • Dorset: Sarah Walter
  • East London: Fiona Claridge
  • Frimley Health and Care: Helen Wolstenholme
  • Gloucestershire: Sarah Walter 
  • Greater Manchester: Rory Deighton
  • Hampshire and the Isle of Wight: Helen Wolstenholme
  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire: Denise Vittorino
  • Hertfordshire and West Essex: Fiona Claridge
  • Humber, Coast and Vale: Kerry McQuade
  • Kent and Medway: Helen Wolstenholme
  • Lancashire and South Cumbria: Rory Deighton
  • Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland: Gemma Whysall
  • Lincolnshire: Gemma Whysall
  • Mid and South Essex: Fiona Claridge
  • Norfolk and Waveney: Gemma Whysall
  • North Cumbria and North East: Kerry McQuade
  • North London: Fiona Claridge
  • North West London: Fiona Claridge
  • Northamptonshire: Gemma Whysall
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire: Gemma Whysall
  • Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin: Denise Vittorino
  • Somerset: Sarah Walter
  • South East London: Fiona Claridge
  • South West London: Fiona Claridge
  • South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw: Kerry McQuade
  • Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent: Denise Vittorino
  • Suffolk and North East Essex: Fiona Claridge
  • Surrey Heartlands: Helen Wolstenholme
  • Sussex and East Surrey: Helen Wolstenholme
  • The Black Country and West Birmingham: Denise Vittorino
  • West Yorkshire and Harrogate: Kerry McQuade

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