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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.