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Introducing Integrated Care Systems

NHS services in England are currently commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). The Health and Social Care Bill was due to come into force on 1 April 2022 but is now expected 1 July 2022. This will abolish CCGs and replace them with 42 Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) in England. ICSs will be made up of an Integrated Care Board, comprised of NHS bodies, and an Integrated Care Partnership, which will also include local government and other partners. ICSs’ core purposes are to:

  • improve outcomes in population health and healthcare
  • tackle inequalities in outcomes, experience, and access
  • enhance productivity and value for money
  • help the NHS support broader social and economic development

This report will examine progress in establishing Integrated Care Systems in England. It will provide an early look at this new structure and assess whether ICSs, and the wider governance framework within which they operate, have been set up in a way that allows them to achieve their objectives.