|Integration is the key to cost effective and improved health & care services|
NHS confirms integrated care systems to serve more than 20m.
One in three people in England are set to further benefit from improved health & care, as 3 new areas have been announced as ‘integrated care systems‘ (ICS). The North East and North Cumbria will become the country’s largest ICS, serving more than 3m people alone.
South East London becomes the first ICS in the capital while Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West makes up the third new area where different health & care organisations work together to plan and join up services. They follow in the footsteps of the 12 earliest integrated care systems announced in 2018, plus two devolved health systems in Greater Manchester and Surrey.
ICSs are already helping people to stay healthy & independent for longer, giving more care closer to where they live & work, and improving response times & performance in areas such as cancer and A&E.
Successes to date include: