On 1 July 2022, Northamptonshire formally established a new statutory integrated care system. This is a new legal requirement not just for our county, but for the whole of England across 42 local areas.
An integrated care system is a partnership of local health and care organisations that come together to plan and deliver joined-up services and to improve the health of people who live and work in the area.
Our integrated care system is called Integrated Care Northamptonshire. It replaces and builds upon the partnership work undertaken over the last few years by Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership.
Integrated Care Northamptonshire operates under the combined leadership of two statutory (legally required) bodies: NHS Northamptonshire Integrated Care Board (NICB) and Northamptonshire Integrated Care Partnership (NICP).
NICB is responsible for local NHS services, functions, performance and budgets. This body replaces the old NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It is made up of local NHS trusts (our two general hospital trusts and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, our community and mental health service provider), primary care providers (including GPs), and local authorities.
NICP is a statutory committee made up of local health services, local government, the voluntary and community sector, as well as other public sector partners.
Together these bodies oversee the delivery of health and care services to ensure they meet the needs of local populations – for the county as a whole, at ‘place’ level (aligned with our unitary council boundaries), and even more locally in communities and neighbourhoods.
What will Integrated Care Northamptonshire do?
Being an integrated care system means we can formalise the joint-working arrangements that have already been in place for some time in Northamptonshire.
It will simplify the way health and care organisations work together and improve their ability to make decisions, providing better and more joined-up services.
The four aims of Integrated Care Northamptonshire will be to improve health for all, to reduce health inequalities, to make the best possible use of public funding, and to contribute to the economic and social development of Northamptonshire.
How can I find out more?
Visit our new Integrated Care Northamptonshire website at www.icnorthamptonshire.org.uk. The website has lots of information about who we are, what we do and about health and care services in our county. You can also register to receive updates on our work or sign up for engagement and involvement opportunities.