Call for evidence for a new King’s Fund research project about Integrated Care Systems

The King’s Fund have set up a new research project to address any barriers to embedding the VCSE sector in integrated care systems. Find out how you can get involved.

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team are pleased to share an opportunity for Local Age UKs to contribute evidence to be showcased in a project The King’s Fund are leading on behalf of the NHSE Voluntary Partnerships team. Read on for full details, including how to get involved.

This research will focus on how to address barriers that VCSE organisations can face when working with and alongside Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) – collecting case studies of tools, models and approaches people have developed to start addressing these challenges. These examples will be written up into a report (by The King’s Fund) and toolkit (by the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) for publication at the end of this year.

The opportunity

The King’s Fund are looking for really practical, concrete examples on addressing the barriers in the areas outlined in the document linked below. This can be either be via submission of case studies that are already written up, or the option to have a call to share information via an telephone interview.

Please note: King’s Fund are looking to source really specific examples and tacit learning of not just ‘what’ but ‘how’ e.g. the steps taken to secure sustainable funding, the template of the memorandum of understanding etc.

Attached below is more background to this piece of work:

How to contribute

Unfortunately the timelines for this project are quite tight, so if you are able to submit something, please contact HealthInfluencing@ageuk.org.uk by Friday 5th August. Thank you.

Latest news from the ICS Hub

A list of the latest news, guidance, and resources on Integrated Care Systems that have been added to the ICS Hub.

Check out the latest updates to our ICS Hub, a space for local Age UKs to get the latest news, guidance, and resources on Integrated Care Systems. Read on to view the latest updates, including a new inquiry into ICSs, a briefing paper from Tenders UK, and a framework from the King’s Fund on successful partnership working.

MPs to investigate if ICSs will deliver better care

Forty-two ICSs have now officially been established in law as of July 1st. A new inquiry was also launched this week by the Health and Social Care Parliamentary Committee to consider how these Integrated Care Systems will deliver joined up health and care services to meet the needs of local populations. They are inviting evidence to be submitted for consideration by Friday 5th August. More details can be found here.

Age UK will be submitting a national response – if you would like to contribute your local experiences of ICSs, please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

You can view this update along with some other recent articles you may find useful on the ICS Hub here.


Anticipatory care – developing a service offer for ICSs

The NHS England 2022/23 business plan includes a requirement for all ICSs to provide a plan by Q3 of this year on how they will deliver Anticipatory Care in 2023.

The key focus of Anticipatory Care is helping people most at risk of deteriorating health to maintain their health and wellbeing, slowing the need for statutory health and wellbeing services. This is something that all Age UKs have considerable experience in doing, which means there could be an opportunity for local Age UKs to work with their local ICS to help to deliver Anticipatory Care in 2023.

To help with this process, we have commissioned Tenders-UK to produce a briefing paper you can download and adapt to help your organisation to begin negotiations with your local ICS.

The paper gives an overview of Anticipatory Care, including some of the strengths the Age UK Network brings to the table. Section Three focuses on the local context and contains guidance on adapting the text in this section to fit the situation in your local area – Tenders-UK can help in completing this section if required, but there is no obligation to ask them to do so. If you would like to know more, including costs, please contact sophy.roberts@tenders-uk.com.

You can view this update along with some other ICS resources from Age UK on the ICS Hub here.


Kings Fund publish framework for successful partnership working

Key to the success of ICSs in reducing health inequalities is constructive partnership working between NHS, local authority, and VCSE organisations. Through insight they have gained via their Healthy Communities Together programme, The Kings Fund have produced a short report which includes learning from organisations already engaged in working in these types of partnerships. There are also some handy links to additional resources which you may find useful here.

You can view this update along with lots of other ICS resources from external sources like the NHS on the ICS Hub here.

Get in touch

All this information and more is available on our ICS Hub but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

New Integrated Care Systems Hub Launched!

Age UK has created a new Integrated Care Systems Hub to help partners to find information on ICSs quickly and easily.

The introduction of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) is changing the way health and care is commissioned and delivered, but what does this mean for Age UKs delivering services at a local level? There’s a lot of information out there and navigating your way through it can be very time consuming and confusing. To help, Age UK has created a new Integrated Care Systems Hub so you can find information quickly and easily.

There you will also find resources which have been specially produced for local Age UKs to help keep you informed about how you might best respond to the challenges and opportunities these new structures could bring in your local area.

We will let you know of any updates to this ICS Hub via Signpost, so please ask any local Age UK colleagues that you think would be interested in this topic to sign up for Signpost here, or to keep an eye on the Hub via the link below.

Click the link below to start exploring what ICSs might mean for your organisation. We will keep the ICS Hub under regular review so if there’s anything you’d like to see included (or if anything isn’t working as it should) then please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

Want to learn more about the introduction of ICSs from April 2022?

A reminder that Age UK’s Health Influencing Team are hosting a webinar titled “What’s next for the health and care system?” on Wednesday 1st December.

A quick reminder that the Age UK Health Influencing team would like to invite all Brand Partners to ‘What’s next for the health and care system?’ the latest part of their ongoing webinar series. This webinar, which will be held on the 1st December 2021 at 10am-11.30am, is exclusively for the Age UK Network and will provide further details on the introduction of Integrated Care Systems, including how you can interact with the new system. It is aimed at all staff and volunteers within the Age UK network, so please share with anyone who is interested. To book your place, please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk, or read on for further details.

This webinar will follow on from a previous session (which can be viewed here) where we introduced the changes to the Health and Care System outlined in the Government’s White Paper.

This session will provide an update as to where we are with the proposed changes, what that means for older people, your local system, and the local VCSE sector, including practical examples of where Brand Partners are already engaged with their ICS system.

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers to the session:

  • Roger Davidson, Director of System Partnerships and ICS Development at NHS England and Improvement
  • Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow in Health Policy at The King’s Fund
  • Julian Lloyd, CEO at Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent
  • Jess Millwood, CEO at Age UK Kensington & Chelsea

The session will include a panel discussion at the end, where we will encourage attendees to ask any questions you may have to our speakers. If you would like to attend the webinar please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

If you would like to submit a panel question or topic of discussion in advance, please make us aware of this when registering. For those who are unable to attend on the day, the session will be recorded and sent round to the network.

If you would like to attend the webinar please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

Health Influencing Webinar: “What’s next for the health and care system?”

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team are hosting a webinar titled “What’s next for the health and care system?” on Wednesday 1st December.

The Age UK Health Influencing Team would like to invite all Brand Partners to a webinar titled ‘What’s next for the health and care system?’ as part of their ongoing series. The webinar will be held on Wednesday 1st December 2021 at 10am-11.30am. This webinar will follow on from a previous session (which can be found here) where we introduced the changes to the Health and Care System outlined in the Government’s White Paper. To book your place, please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk, or read on for further details.

This webinar will provide an update as to where we are with the proposed changes, what that means for older people, your local system, and the local VCSE sector, including practical examples of where Brand Partners are already engaged with their ICS system. While the subject matter is very similar to the upcoming SCIE webinar advertised in yesterday’s Signpost, this webinar will be particularly tailored to the Age UK Network and will focus specifically on how Age UKs can influence and engage within their local systems.

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers to the session:

  • Roger Davidson, Director of System Partnerships and ICS Development at NHS England and Improvement
  • Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow in Health Policy at The King’s Fund
  • Julian Lloyd, CEO at Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent
  • Jess Millwood, CEO at Age UK Kensington & Chelsea

The session will include a panel discussion at the end, where we will encourage the Partners to ask any questions you may have to our speakers.

If you would like to attend the webinar please contact healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

If you would like to submit a panel question or topic of discussion in advance, please make us aware of this when registering. For those who are unable to attend on the day, the session will be recorded and sent round to the network.