Health and social care in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will undergo an evolution next month, when changes to how the NHS works are made. NHS hospitals, GPs and community services will come together to join up services and to improve people’s health as well as treat illnesses. A new NHS body takes over from the current Clinical Commissioning Groups, strengthening the way the NHS and other health care providers work together to improve the health of people across the county.
The new NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) will be established on 1 July 2022, replacing the current Clinical Commissioning Groups covering Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Bassetlaw. It will be the NHS organisation with responsibility for planning to meet local health needs, allocating resources, ensuring that the services are joined up, and overseeing delivery of improved health and wellbeing for our population.
One of the ways that the new organisation will be different includes the appointment of leaders from across health and care forming an NHS executive for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. This means that decisions about how to spend the NHS budget will be jointly made by expert doctors, nurses and managers from NHS organisations and the local councils – all focussed on achieving the right thing for the 1.2m people in our city and county. In addition, following the decision by the government in 2021, the ICB formally welcomes Bassetlaw as part of this joint working across health and care in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire from 1 July 2022.
The ICB will be part of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS), continuing to work with partners in local authority, the voluntary sector and others, tackling inequalities in health outcomes, and supporting broader social and economic development. One of the ways that this will happen is through the establishment of a new joint committee between the ICB and Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council. This will be known as the Integrated Care Partnership (ICP). This means that for the first time there will be a single place where the NHS and councils all come together to agree a strategy to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Dr Kathy Mclean, Chair of the Integrated Care Board, said: “This much welcomed change will bring health and care organisations together in new ways, with a greater emphasis on collaboration and aligning the work of system partners.
“I am excited for what the future holds as we start to work together and plan in detail how we build on what is working well and make real positive changes to enable each and every citizen to enjoy their best possible health and wellbeing.”
The ICB appointed five executive directors in May, all of whom are highly experienced and ready to take the new organisation forwards. A further four non-executive members have also been appointed along with Partner members bringing expertise from the local councils, mental health services and our hospitals.
Amanda Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Integrated Care Board, said: “We believe we have talent and teams in our local NHS and care system to be able to make a real difference to citizens’ health and wellbeing, quality of service delivery and use of resources.
“Our philosophy is to build on what is working well and to act as one system, rather than a collection of organisations.
“Whilst we still have considerable work to do, we believe we can enable each and every citizen to enjoy their best possible health and wellbeing.”
Notes to editors.
Integrated Care Boards replace Clinical Commissioning Groups and establish 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.
Moving forwards Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board, which will be known as NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, will take direct responsibility for:
- the local NHS budget – planning and commissioning of services working closely with partners across the system
- the delivery of high quality and safe local health and care services
- producing a five-year delivery plan.
Following the boundary changes announced by the government in 2021, we formally welcome Bassetlaw into the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System from 1 July, 2022.
For more information from July 1st visit the new website for the Integrated Care Board and Integrated Care System – www.notts.icb.nhs.uk