Healthcare Leader is launching an ICB hub today, a new resource to bring together and showcase developments across the NHS’s 42 Integrated Care Boards (ICBs).
The new hub houses all the latest news, interviews and case studies in ICB areas giving a snapshot of the work involving primary care across the systems in the seven NHS regions.
The ICB hub is part of Healthcare Leader’s new focus on integrated care boards which were officially launched on July 1 last year and replaced clinical commissioning groups. They now hold much of the NHS budget – £108bn – and are tasked with caring for their populations of around 500,000 to 3 million people.
Since the ICBs took over, leaders have been setting up their organisations, forming their strategies and working to bring together health and care in their Integrated Care System alongside their partner organisations: local authorities, care providers and the voluntary sector.
Each ICB in each System has a different set of challenges covering historic financial positions, populations and geographies, but they all have a set of common goals: better health for everyone, better care for all, efficient use of NHS resources, and to enhance the NHS contribution to social and economic regeneration.
The North Star or guiding principle for these new bodies is to reduce health inequalities – and it is the first time the NHS has an official mandate to tackle this issue.
The hub will highlight primary care-led innovations, leadership and projects at system and place levels to help spread best practice and shine a light on work being done across the 42 areas.
Editor Victoria Vaughan said: ‘This new resource will be the go-to place to find out about ICB work, news and case studies. The new ICBs have the potential to really change healthcare for the better by targeting health inequalities. But sharing best practice and galvanising the primary care voice are two areas which have long been difficult for the NHS.
‘Our new ICB hub will act as an easy-to-digest resource for all those interested in primary care in the system and at place level. ICBs need to have flexibility so they can tackle their own unique problems. However, that has created increased complexity. Healthcare Leader aims to distil that and get to the heart of the plans and the changes that are making a difference to both the NHS and patients.’
Healthcare Leader stands to support NHS system leaders in taking forward their blueprints for the future of health and social care in their places and neighbourhoods. The site also features expert opinion and insight on the aims of ICBs as well as the latest news.
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