NHSCC responds to poll of ICS leaders

A new report from the NHS Confederation’s ICS Network has been published today, based on a poll of around half of England’s ICS and STP leaders and independent chairs. The report, Time to be radical? The view from system leaders on the future of ‘system by default’, reveals that the majority want new legal powers for systems following the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a lack of agreement about the role of clinical commissioning groups in the future.

Responding to the report, Lou Patten, chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners, said:

“ICS working has taken huge steps forward over the last few months and we must acknowledge Leaders’ wishes that returning to previous practise is not an option. CCGs have an ongoing custodian role within systems, deploying their system and population health planning skills successfully and ensuring high-quality services for patients.

“Having recently led an ICS myself, I have already seen CCGs working successfully at ICS level, using local knowledge and relationships skilfully whilst maximising place-based integration. In the absence of a clear future path, we will be supporting CCGs to ensure we don’t lose all that is good and that has worked so well during this pandemic.”

30 June 2020