Report

Future systems leadership scoping project

How to enable and facilitate multi-agency, multidisciplinary clinical leadership within integrated care systems.
Graham Jackson, Dr Clare Smith, Dr Georgina Neve, Dr Alison Taylor

3 September 2021

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This scoping report, from NHS Clinical Commissioners and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI), helped to inform NHSEI's ICS implementation guidance on effective clinical and care professional leadership.

Clinical leadership is key to enabling the vision for ICSs, both nationally and locally, and will be critical in converting the strategy into meaningful delivery. 

To be effective, it is essential that the clinical leadership component within each ICS establishes a triumvirate of managerial, clinician and lay leadership.

This scoping project specifically focused on the clinical element, considering how to bring together the different facets to enable and facilitate multi-agency, multidisciplinary clinical leadership within a collaborative functioning unit.

The project aimed to:

  1. determine challenges encountered and foreseen in ICS development and consider solutions
  2. explore and understand best practice examples
  3. explore and establish the structure of emerging ICS leadership models.

This project report was completed in May 2021 and helped to inform NHS England and NHS Improvement's ICS implementation guidance on
effective clinical and care professional leadership
, published on 3 September 2021.