Nottingham City Council has rejoined its local integrated care system (ICS) with immediate effect after it suspended its partnership six months ago.
The council had paused its collaboration with Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS as it believed the system lacked accountability and democratic involvement.
However, the council decided to rejoin the ICS at yesterday’s executive board meeting due to the ICS agreeing to several changes to its governance in response to the council’s concerns.
According to executive board papers released yesterday, the ICS has agreed to get ‘unanimous agreement’ for those decisions that ‘could result in privatisation or outsourcing of NHS services’, as recommended by the council.
The ICS also agreed to:
- The ‘creation of a dedicated City Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) that matches the boundary of the City Council’
- ‘The inclusion of democratic representation at the ICS board going forwards’
- A greater involvement and engagement of the public with local plans
- Move to three integrated care partnerships
Nottingham City Council chief executive Ian Curryer said: ‘We are satisfied that the ICS has shown it is committed to developing a new system of health and social care that is accountable to the public and has greater democratic involvement and more engagement with people who use local health services.’
During the suspension, the council continued to work with the NHS as normal, helping the health service during the winter period.
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire managing director Wendy Saviour said: ‘The partners of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS are delighted that the City Council has decided to lift its suspension and as a result ensure all health and care organisations are working together to support local people to live well and stay well.’
The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS consists of Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Mansfield and Ashfield CCG, Newark and Sherwood CCG, Nottingham City CCG, Nottingham North East CCG, Nottingham West CCG, Rushcliffe CCG, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.