Regional support

Practical support for local systems and their leaders.
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Health and care systems are having to work in new and different ways to meet the needs of their local populations. The Long Term Plan provides a ten-year year vision for how health and care systems will develop from STP footprints into integrated care systems.

To support the move towards more integrated working across health and care, we have established a regional team to provide practical support to local systems and their leaders.

The team works with system leaders to identify how best to support peer learning and spread good practice on integration. They facilitate regional discussions on system and place-based issues with sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) and integrated care system (ICS) leaders, programme directors, and members of STP/ICS partnership boards. Do get in touch with your regional lead.

What the team does

The regional team provides access to learning and good practice, supports relationships and leadership development, and creates opportunities to influence national policy and thinking.

The focus of each regional network is determined locally, but fulfils a number of functions, such as:

  • providing an independent forum to discuss challenges and opportunities facing local systems and help to disseminate learning and best practice
  • promoting joint working and integration between local authorities, NHS, clinicians and the voluntary sector, complementing and signposting to existing support from national bodies, peers and others
  • facilitating a dialogue with national bodies about the key issues facing local systems and enable more co-production of national policy.

They also provide a stronger and more direct link between members and the Confederation, acting as a conduit to transmit messages and concerns to national bodies.

There is no charge to individuals or organisations for taking part in the networks.

Who can take part?

The networks will bring together people from across roles and topics, including:

  • STP/ICS leaders and chairs | Local authority senior officers
  • STP/ICS programme directors | Voluntary sector leaders
  • STP/ICS clinical leads | STP/ICS partnership boards
  • NEDs, CCG lay members and local authority members

Contact your regional lead

North East and Yorkshire
Victoria Blinks

North West
Helen Hunter

East Midlands
Kelley Ireland
West Midlands
Denise Vittorino
East of England
Fiona Claridge
Kelley Ireland
Fiona Claridge
South West
Lee Balch
South East
Lee Balch
    • Bath and North Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire: Lee Balch
    • Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes: Kelley Ireland
    • Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West: Lee Balch
    • Birmingham and Solihull: Denise Vittorino
    • Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire: Lee Balch
    • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough: Kelley Ireland
    • Cheshire and Merseyside: Helen Hunter
    • Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly: Lee Balch
    • Coventry and Warwickshire: Denise Vittorino
    • Derbyshire: Denise Vittorino
    • Devon: Lee Balch
    • Dorset: Lee Balch
    • East London: Fiona Claridge
    • Frimley Health and Care: Lee Balch
    • Gloucestershire: Lee Balch
    • Greater Manchester: Helen Hunter
    • Hampshire and the Isle of Wight: Lee Balch
    • Herefordshire and Worcestershire: Denise Vittorino
    • Hertfordshire and West Essex: Fiona Claridge
    • Humber, Coast and Vale: Victoria Blinks
    • Kent and Medway: Lee Balch
    • Lancashire and South Cumbria: Helen Hunter
    • Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland: Kelley Ireland
    • Lincolnshire: Kelley Ireland
    • Mid and South Essex: Fiona Claridge
    • Norfolk and Waveney: Kelley Ireland
    • North Cumbria and North East: Victoria Blinks
    • North London: Fiona Claridge
    • North West London: Fiona Claridge
    • Northamptonshire: Kelley Ireland
    • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire: Kelley Ireland
    • Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin: Denise Vittorino
    • Somerset: Lee Balch
    • South East London: Fiona Claridge
    • South West London: Fiona Claridge
    • South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw: Victoria Blinks
    • Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent: Denise Vittorino
    • Suffolk and North East Essex: Fiona Claridge
    • Surrey Heartlands: Lee Balch
    • Sussex and East Surrey: Lee Balch
    • The Black Country and West Birmingham: Denise Vittorino
    • West Yorkshire and Harrogate: Victoria Blinks