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 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.
Actions on the proposals outlined in the integration and innovation white paper
How the ICS Network is working to influence the proposals set out in the government's white paper on health and care reform in England.
26 April 2021
Legislating on the future of health and care in England
Healthcare leaders' views on the NHS reform white paper and implications for the forthcoming health and care bill.
31 March 2021
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.
Helping system partners forge new collaborative relationships, build shared understanding and agree next steps.
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.
The future of integrated care in England
Findings from extensive member engagement to support the development of new policy and legislation relating to the future of system working.
20 November 2020
Building common purpose
Learning on the role engagement and communications play in partnership working and developing thriving integrated care systems.
15 December 2020
STPs: one year to go?
This report considers the transition from sustainability and transformation partnerships to integrated care systems.
5 May 2020
Improving the scrutiny of ICSs and STPs
A guide for scrutiny leads and communications and engagement directors to understand working more effectively in local partnerships and communities.
8 February 2020
From place-based to place-led
This report describes the essential role of place-based approaches in taking forward the NHS reform agenda.
23 March 2020
Financial reform as an enabler of change in Bradford
How Bradford has used system control totals and fixed-income contracts to align incentives, pool risk and achieve financial balance.
10 March 2020
Knowing who to call
Guiding integrated care system (ICS) leaders on how they can shape their local labour market to best determine and develop the future workforce.
5 March 2020
This paper summarises the views of senior leaders from the NHS and local government on how they would like system accountability to develop.
30 January 2020