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Joining up health and care

From 1 July 2022 there has been a significant change to the way health and care will be governed in Kent and Medway and across England. 

Forty-two statutory integrated care systems will bring together the NHS, councils and other partners to plan and deliver health and care services in their area. 

The legal introduction of integrated care systems, via the Health and Social Care Act 2022, sees clinical commissioning groups dissolved. 

Integrated care boards – for us, NHS Kent and Medway – will be leadership organisations supporting partners to more effectively join up care and place an emphasis on prevention. 

Kent and Medway has a population of 1.9 million people and is one of the largest integrated care systems in the country. 

The aim is to enable the 42 areas to completely transform health and care for people in their local communities, as well as cutting red tape. For example, boosting health checks in the community to find people with health problems before they become seriously unwell is a key goal of the shift to integrated care systems, where local organisations work together to better meet the needs of local people.  

You can see more about what partners working together want to achieve in this film produced by NHS Kent and Medway: Joining up health and social care (Vimeo).

Integrated Care Systems Explained

 Kent and Medway Integrated Care System (ICS) is a partnership that brings together partners, including NHS services, councils and others, to plan, co-ordinate and commission health and care services. 

This is a shift in the way the health and care system is organised – away from competition and towards collaboration – with health and care organisations working together to improve population health. 

This animation from The King's Fund explains the key organisations that make up the integrated care system: How does the NHS in England work and how is it changing? (You Tube video).