All of England to become ICS by 2021

The whole of England is to be covered by integrated care systems in just over two years, the NHS long-term plan has said.

The document said ICS “will be central to the delivery of the long-term plan and by April 2021 [NHS England] wants ICSs covering the whole country”.

The plan confirmed that moving to nationwide ICS “will typically involve a single [clinical commissioning group] for each ICS area”. It also said: “CCGs will become leaner, more strategic organisations that support providers to partner with local government and other community organisations.”

Full story on the HSJ, 7 January 2019