What is an ICS?
Integrated Care Systems, or ICSs, are partnerships between organisations that meet health and care needs across an area. In our case our Integrated Care System covers all of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
By working together under one umbrella organisation, different parts of the health and care system are better able to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities, reducing health inequalities and putting patients at the heart of everything we do.
Who is part of the ICS?
Organisations that form part of the ICS include all NHS Trusts and organisations, Local Authorities and key voluntary sector partners. In our area this includes:
- Two upper tier local authorities: Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council
- Five district councils: Cambridge City Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council, and Huntingdonshire District Council
- Three hospital providers: North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (NWAngliaFT), Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) and Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RPH)
- Two community providers: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Foundation Trust (CCS)
- East of England Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (EEAST)
- 85 GP practices
- Cambridgeshire Local Medial Committee
- Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
- The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Health and Wellbeing Board
- Other partners, including parish councils as well as voluntary, community and faith organisations
Although the CCG will no longer be a separate organisation under the ICS, our hardworking staff will keep fulfilling a crucial role as strategic commissioners for our area.
What does this mean for patients?
Rather than providing healthcare and social care in separate, and sometimes isolated, parts of the system, the ICS approaches each patient’s health and social care needs as a whole. This will help us offer better, more consistent treatment to our patients. Among other things, the ICS will help us achieve this by:
- Delivering care as close as possible to homes of the communities we serve – where possible, local providers will be empowered to design and deliver care on a local level
- Introducing a shared care record which will allow us to understand the patient’s needs as a whole
- Using public health data to inform decisions across the system
How can I get involved?
Now that we have been accredited as an ICS, we want to speak to the communities we serve. We are currently working with key partners, such as the local authorities, NHS Hospital Trusts and voluntary organisations to shape how the ICS will look and feel. We're keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved in this process.