NHS reforms will introduce ICSs and more locally place-based partnerships. What these are and how they work has been a hot topic for the NHS and industry.
Guidance for ICSs on the development of place-based partnerships as part of statutory integrated care systems was published 2 September 2021. The guidance describes place-based partnerships as are collaborative arrangements formed by the organisations responsible for health and care services in a locality and emphasises that they will remain the foundation of ICSs and play a central role. The guidance sets out the expectation ICS leaders to confirm their place-based partnership arrangements for 2022/23 including boundaries, leadership and membership.
The guidance sets out key actions for ICSs on their approach and key considerations for place-based partnerships:
Below we summarise the guidance for the development of place-based partnerships within ICSs, released in September 2021.
The full document can be found here The guidance builds on the White Paper on Integration and innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all (February 2021) and NHS England and NHS Improvement’s ICS design framework (June 2021).