About this guidance
Integrated care systems (ICSs) are partnerships of health and care organisations that come together to plan and deliver joined-up services and to improve the health of people who live and work in their area.
Following several years of locally-led development, and based on the recommendations of NHS England and NHS Improvement, the government has set out plans to put ICSs on a statutory footing.
To support this transition, NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Local Government Association are publishing guidance, drawing on learning from all over the country.
The guidance document aims to enable local health and care leaders to build strong and effective ICSs in every part of England.
- Place-based partnerships are collaborative arrangements formed by the organisations responsible for arranging and delivering health and care services in a locality or community.
- Place-based partnerships will remain as the foundations of integrated care systems as they are put on a statutory footing (subject to legislation), building on existing local arrangements and relationships.
- It will be for system partners to determine the footprint for each place-based partnership, the leadership arrangements and what functions it will carry out.
- This document describes the activities placed partnerships may lead, capabilities required and potential governance arrangements.