On 4th April 2023, the government published a report on findings of an independent review to consider how the oversight and governance of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) in England can best support them to succeed. The review, led by Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, involved extensive engagement with patient representatives and those that interact with and work within ICSs. It was also supported by numerous calls for evidence and existing resources such as the King’s Fund, Professor Sir Chris Ham, the Fuller Stocktake and the Messenger Review. 

The report sets out many examples of how ICSs are already succeeding to tackle problems within our populations, as well as the main challenges that they continue to face. In response to these findings it sets out a series of recommendations for the government to progress ICSs to the next stage, focused around four critical themes:

  1. From focusing on illness to promoting health
  2. Delivering on the promise of systems 
  3. Unlocking the potential of primary and social care and their workforce
  4. Resetting our approach to finance to embed change

Our latest snapshot provides a summary of the conclusions of this review:

Click here to access the full report:https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1148568/the-hewitt-review.pdf