What we do

Influencing national policy, sharing learning and insight, and connecting leaders across the health and care system.

Proposed legislative changes will create an integrated care system  for every part of England with statutory responsibilities by 2022. There will be much to do to influence this process as proposals become draft legislation and to secure a new national and regional operating model. We are uniquely placed to do this.

We represent

We represent members' views, expert knowledge and concerns at the highest levels, engaging with leaders on the issues that matter most to them.

Through our stakeholder influencing, policy development and media engagement, we work to shape policy on:

  • potential changes to ICS boundaries
  • the ICS authorisation process
  • the operation of system control totals
  • the continuing challenges in building effective relationships with system partners
  • the interface between system, place and neighbourhood, including the relationship with primary care networks and promoting place-based working.

We connect

Our dedicated forums for ICS chairs and ICS executive leaders provide an independent space for you to exchange ideas, share experiences and challenges, and develop solutions to the issues you are facing. They meet quarterly and come April will be supported by a new chair and member-led advisorate.

We also run other key forums for ICS leaders, including for workforce leads, mental health leads and programme directors. We also support communications and engagement directors through a specific programme of activity. Across all our ICS forums, we support effective peer learning across the country.

In addition, our regional engagement team connects with ICSs to understand their specific challenges and support requirements. 

We support

Our influential reports have set out ICS leaders’ thinking on the future direction for integrated care systems, supporting constructive conversations with national policymakers and key partners such as the Local Government Association.

Through NHS Confederation membership, members gain access to a range of other networks and professional development programmes.

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