The Government have released a paper detailing their findings based on engagement with ICP-interested stakeholders in advance of ICPs receiving a statutory footing in July of this year. The engagement process informed how DHSC, NHS England and the Local Government Association guide and support the development of ICPs before their official implementation.
The document intends to act as a guide for those seeking clarity about the changes and inform those who will be working under the ICP umbrella about the best ways in which to utilise the new system in their local area.
After all, one of the main purposes of the ICPs is not to foist a one-size-fits-all approach upon the country as a whole but allow for the flourishing and collaboration of local partnerships and services which best caters for local needs within the fluid ICP structure.
Indeed, the paper outlines the broad range of models within current ICPs – demonstrating the customisability and adaptability of the ICP framework. Some ICPs, for instance, are already more advanced than others and can therefore provide guidance for more fledgling ICPs and inform their potential leadership structure and local care models.
Numerous key findings and subsequent actions have emerged from the lengthy engagement process. Chief among them is the need for ICB leaders to already begin forging partnerships and have a point of contact set up by April 2022 to promote discussions.
Within these findings is a strong emphasis on culture. ICPs should promote a listening and responsive culture across all levels and focus heavily upon the role of ‘place’ and ‘neighbourhood’ within the ICP system to ensure patients’ needs are handled appropriately and efficiently.
Successful ICPs will promote an inclusive, collaborative culture and tailor their services based on the unique health needs of their region. Data sharing across partnerships should benefit this endeavour and help to establish efficient leadership structures.
In order to aid these ambitions, DHSC will publish statutory guidance on the integrated care strategy in July 2022.
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