An integrated care system (ICS) brings together all part of the NHS and local authorities in an area to focus on improving the health of the local population.
In February 2021, the government published proposals to make ICSs statutory bodies across the country. This would mean that the NHS and local councils work together legally as part of ICSs, to plan health and care services around local residents’ needs.
All NHS organisations and local authorities in North West London have been working informally as an ICS, ahead of legislation to put ICSs on a statutory footing. Legislation is expected during 2021, with ICSs becoming legally recognised bodies from April 2022.