Our Integrated Care System (ICS) is the largest in the country. It's a partnership of organisations that provide health and care across the North East and North Cumbria. It's a way of working that will see all partners coming together to improve the health of our communities and reduce the health inequalities that exist across the region.
Most of our work is focused in places and neighbourhoods, but it also provides a way for us to work together on regional issues that need to be tackled at scale and pace.
Preventing poor health and wellbeing and addressing inequalities is at the heart of what we are doing.
By working on these wider priorities together, our work can have a bigger collective impact in areas like clinical strategy and clinical networks, strategic commissioning and the development of shared policies.
Our Integrated Care System is led by our NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB), a statutory organisation with responsibility for NHS budgets, functions and performance and an Integrated Care Partnership (ICP).
It takes over the responsibilities currently held by the eight clinical commissioning groups in our region. Over time it will also take over some of the functions currently held by NHS England for the commissioning of primary care and acute services.
The need to provide joined-up care and reduce the inequalities that exist across our region has never been greater. Working closely with partners and communities creating an ICB presents a new momentum to combine our collective resources and expertise to make faster progress.
Our ambitions and priorities
We will strive to be the best performing ICB, working collectively to provide the best health and care for our local communities.
By working with local communities, our partner organisations and our amazing health and care staff, our aim is to significantly improve health outcomes for people who live in our region.
Our delivery plans will focus on the three key principals of prevention, personalisation and performance. We know that when health and care is personalised – built around the person and their family – it works better for everyone.
We will encourage more innovation and collaboration and being a learning system will be at the heart of how we operate.