Partners across our county’s health and care system are continuing to work together to plan for the full implementation of Northamptonshire’s Integrated Care System (ICS), in line with national guidance.

In April Northamptonshire was confirmed as one of England’s 42 ICS areas, strengthening our local commitment to working together closely to support our population to live healthy lives and get the care and support they need, when they need it.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have asked the Government and Parliament to establish ICSs in law, and this process continued last month when the Health and Care Bill 2021-22 was announced in the Queen’s Speech. The progress of this legislation will be for the Government and Parliament to decide, but all ICS areas are working towards establishing themselves as fully functioning Integrated Care Systems by April 2022.

Under the planned new arrangements, all ICSs will need an NHS ICS body to oversee NHS functions across the whole system, and a statutory health and care partnership made up of a wider group of organisations to support integration and develop overarching plans across health, social care and public health.

Extensive discussions on our ICS planning are already being undertaken with senior leaders across our health and care system, considering key questions including how system functions, resources and accountability will be organised and how providers and services will work collaboratively at both county level and more locally across our communities. These conversations will continue and broaden in scope as our planning activity develops.

We will continue to provide updates on our ICS development on this website.