The Health and Care Bill 2022 created Integrated Care Boards as replacements for Clinical Commissioning Groups, and establishes in law the role of Integrated Care Partnerships as the committee where health, social care, the voluntary sector and other partners come together as an Integrated Care System (ICS).
Integrated Care Systems have four main functions:
- improving outcomes in population health and healthcare;
- tackling inequalities in outcomes, experience and access;
- enhancing productivity and value for money;
- supporting broader social and economic development.
Our Integrated Care System is known as Joined Up Care Derbyshire (JUCD); JUCD is the Derby and Derbyshire health and social care partnership for adults and children. JUCD’s priority is to make improvements to the Derby and Derbyshire populations’ life expectancy and healthy life expectancy levels in comparison to other parts of the country, and reduce the health inequalities that are driving these differences.
Further to the boundary changes announced by the government in 2021, we welcomed Glossop into the Derbyshire Integrated Care System from 1 July, 2022.
In Derby and Derbyshire, our health and care system has worked in partnership for many years; the duties the Health and Care Bill places on the local NHS and local authorities are welcomed and fit well with the direction we have been taking to improve the health of the local population. Having an ICS which is now established in law, with a new organisation that reflects the collaborative approach required, is very helpful to what we are aiming to achieve.
Joined Up Care Derbyshire is a partnership of organisations and is based on a shared vision to improve the health and well-being of our local people. The benefit of an ICS is that it brings existing organisations closer together, working in an integrated way to improve care for our local people.
The members meet formally as the Derby and Derbyshire Integrated Care Partnership (ICP). Members of the ICP are:
Every location already has established health and wellbeing boards and health overview and scrutiny committees. These statutory bodies, run by councils, will continue to exist within the new ICS structure and work jointly within the new approach, reflecting the depth of the task to ensure everyone’s health is protected and improved where possible, not just treated.