Embedding clinical leadership in integrated care systems

Letter to Edward Argar MP urges the minister to ensure the new NHS system architecture embeds clinical leadership within integrated care systems.

27 May 2021

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The NHS Confederation and NHS Clinical Commissioners write on behalf of their members supporting integrated care and a permissive approach, but highlighting the importance of including clinical leadership on NHS ICS boards:

  • ICS NHS bodies will be accountable for key decisions and functions that will always by necessity require clinical skillsets.
  • NHS England-Improvement said that it agreed with our members that clinical leadership is fundamental to the success of ICSs.
  • The best practice clinical leadership models are those that have multiple layers of multidisciplinary clinicians and professionals within a distributed leadership model.