A critical part of delivering the ambitions of the NHS Long Term plan will be empowering local systems and giving them the autonomy that they need.
At the NHS Confederation we are supporting emerging systems and helping local areas on the journey to becoming integrated care systems by April 2021. We believe the ambitions of the plan can only be met through greater collaboration, partnerships and system working.
As local systems emerge and mature, system leaders have told us it is vital that system leaders across the NHS and local government have an independent safe space to exchange ideas, share experiences and challenges, and develop solutions.
As a result of this feedback, we have established a national network for STP and ICS leaders. This is one of a number of activities we will be undertaking to support local systems.
The Integrated Care Systems Network will be led by its members who will decide its priorities and programme. We will support this nationally and through our regional team, and we hope the network and its members will also use us to transmit messages to the centre, as well as to facilitate engagement and promote effective system working.
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