What is an integrated care system?

Integrated care systems (ICSs) are partnerships of organisations that come together to plan and deliver joined up health and care services, and to improve the lives of people who live and work in their area.

Following several years of locally led development, recommendations of NHS England, 42 ICSs were established across England on a statutory basis on 1 July 2022.

To understand a little more of the detail please click to watch the helpful video from the Kings Fund:


What does a move to Integrated Care Systems mean for the Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) system?

The health system is undergoing a significant transition as it moves to statutory Integrated Care systems (ICS) from 1st July 2022. This change will have a substantial impact on the health system but will also affect the wider Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) system, including local authorities, children’s and adult’s social care, the voluntary and community sector, and education settings.

This transition has the potential to improve and join-up care, including for children and young people with SEND, facilitate greater strategic collaboration between health, local authorities and other key partners and will provide the infrastructure to commission and deliver specialized services at a larger footprint which may be particularly valuable for those with SEND.

The move to ICSs should also enable better sharing of good practice and common solutions, leading to a more consistent approach across areas.

Please find the infographic below showing the changes to SEND governance.




Further information

For further information on Health & Wellbeing in Bexley visit the Bexley Local Offer: Click Here

For Further information on Children’s Specialist Health Services in Bexley visit the Local Offer: Click Here


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