The Health and Care Bill, currently going through Parliament, sets out plans to put Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) on a statutory footing, empowering them to better join up health and care services, improve population health and reduce health inequalities.
The current proposals mean that each ICS would be led by an NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB), an organisation with responsibility for NHS functions and budgets, and an Integrated Care Partnership (ICP), a statutory committee bringing together all system partners to produce a health and care strategy. When ICBs are legally established, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will be abolished.
It was originally expected that these changes would come into effect in April 2022. However, this target date has now been changed nationally to 1 July 2022. This will allow more time for the remaining parliamentary stages and to enable organisations to manage their more immediate pandemic response priorities.
Preparations are underway to transition from an Integrated Care System Board to the new Integrated Care Board (ICB) format. The ICB will operate in shadow form from 1 April 2022 and plan to hold the first meeting of the ICB Board, as a statutory organisation, on 1 July 2022.