What are Integrated Care Systems?

Integrated care is about giving people the support they need, joined up across local councils, the NHS, and other partners. It removes traditional divisions between hospitals and family doctors, between physical and mental health, and between NHS and council services. In the past, these divisions have meant that too many people experienced disjointed care.

Integrated care systems (ICS') are new partnerships between the organisations that meet health and care needs across an area, to coordinate services and to plan in a way that improves population health and reduces inequalities between different groups.

Health and Care Bill 2021

The Health and Care Bill 2021, which contains a series of measures to formally establish Integrated Care Systems (ICS’), is currently at Committee Stage receiving a detailed examination following its second reading. The Bill will put ICS’ on a firm statutory footing, empowering them to better join up health and care, improve population health and reduce health inequalities. 

Developing our Integrated Care System in Norfolk and Waveney

Our ICS will be made up of lots of different parts, including:

  • Integrated Care Board
  • Integrated Care Partnership
  • Provider collaboratives
  • Five health and care alliances
  • Local health and wellbeing partnerships
  • 17 Primary Care Networks