Herefordshire and Worcestershire Integrated Care System
- 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. In the past, these divisions have meant that too many people experienced disjointed care.
- Integrated care systems (ICSs) are new partnerships between the organisations that meet health and care needs across an area, to coordinate services and to plan in a way that improves population health and reduces inequalities between different groups.
- Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care system was formally designated as an ICS on the 1st April 2021 having operated as a Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) since 2016. The CCG and all its functions will be transferring to become a statutory Integrated Care Board for H&W on the 1st of April 2022 (the organisational name is to be confirmed), subject to legislation being confirmed through parliament. A Dedicated Website for Herefordshire & Worcestershire ICS will be in place in advance of April 2022.
The following infographic gives an outline of the composition of our system resources, priorities and governance:
Below is the current governance of our ICS which will evolve as we move through our transition year: