Integrated Care System progress update (24 November 2021)
This webpage is intended to provide information on the progress toward the Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System (ICS) which will formally take place on 1 July 2022.
Integrated care is about giving people the support they need, joined up across local councils, the NHS, and other partners. It removes traditional divisions between hospitals and family doctors, between physical and mental health, and between NHS and council services.
Birmingham and Solihull
As part of the drive toward integrated care, from 1 July 2022 CCGs will no longer exist and the statutory functions and responsibilities will transfer to new organisations called Integrated Care Boards (ICB). For our area, this organisation will be known publicly as ‘NHS Birmingham and Solihull’, and will be part of the wider ICS model which includes: ICS Health and Care Partnership, Place Partnership and Provider Collaboratives.
We are currently working through the composition of the ICB, including submission of the constitution, and appointment processes for Non-executive directors and Board-level executives. In parallel we have been part of a national process to appoint a Designate Chief Executive of the ICB, ready to take up the post as soon as the Bill receives Royal Assent. Birmingham and Solihull were not able to make a substantive appointment following the recruitment process, and therefore until we appoint a permanent Chief Executive we are very pleased to confirm that David Melbourne will take on the full responsibilities of the role of Designate Interim Chief Executive of the Integrated Care Board for this period of time. Karen Helliwell will remain as Interim Accountable Officer of the CCG to ensure a smooth handover and continued leadership for the transition of the CCG.
There is also much happening to prepare for the integration of the West Birmingham area to move into the new Birmingham and Solihull ICS, having historically sat in the Black Country. NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG and NHS Black Country and West Birmingham CCG are working together to ensure that this change is delivered as smoothly and sensitively as possible. taking account of the change that this will present to CCG staff, GP Practices and citizens. Both CCGs are working through detailed plans with these groups to ensure that they are fully informed and engaged throughout the process, and we would like to provide assurance that this change will not affect patient care directly, and existing pathways and services will remain as they are currently.
The ICS has now published its Inception Framework, a document which details how the partnerships intends to achieve its ambitious vision and objectives. It can be viewed on the ICS website.
Further updates on the progress will be added to this page at relevant milestones.