Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland gets go-ahead to become Integrated Care System
22nd March 2021 | By Liz McCann | Posted in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
NHS England has today confirmed that Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Sustainability and Transformation Partnership’s (STP) application to become an Integrated Care System (ICS) has been approved.
The announcement means that the system will formally be designated as an ICS from 1st April 2021 – enabling it to move forward at pace to deliver its full ambitions.
An ICS is a new, closer form of collaboration which builds on existing STPs.
In it all parts of the NHS, as well as other partners such as local authorities and the voluntary and community sector, take on greater responsibility for working together and collectively managing resources. They aim to improve the health of residents by preventing illness, tackling inequalities and unwarranted variation in care, whilst delivering seamless services.
They do this by joining up care for those with multiple conditions and breaking down current barriers that people experience to accessing health and social care holistically. They will also improve support for people with lifelong illness and help people to lead healthy lives.
Andy Williams, chief executive of the three CCGs in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and ICS system lead said: “Covid-19 has further highlighted many of the known health inequalities that exist for people across LLR as well as shining a light on new ones.
“These are significant challenges that can only be addressed by the NHS, local government and voluntary and community sector working together to tackle the wider determinants of ill health that often lead to poorer health outcomes.
“Our partnership working has come a long way in a relatively short space of time but we know there is still much more to do. This announcement is very welcome news and will help us to solidify our arrangements and move together at pace to deliver the kinds of improvements we all want to see for patients and residents.”
David Sissling, the recently appointed independent chair of the ICS for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland added: “I welcome this excellent news which will bring benefit for people living across LLR.
“By harnessing the collective power of our health and care partnership we will be able to deliver better services and tackle the inequalities which lead to such unfair and avoidable differences in the health of local people.”
The commitment to form ICS’ was set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019. Last month the Government set out plans for a parliamentary Bill to put ICSs on a statutory footing, ideally by April 2022.