A new consultation has launched on proposals for improving integration between NHS providers in England.
The consultation from NHS England is looking for feedback on the contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs). These are organisations which could potentially be able to provide a wide range of health and care services.
Currently Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and local Councils draw up multiple contracts with different providers. Where ICPs are used, CCGs and local Councils will be able to use one contract to buy lots of health and care services from one provider.
The consultation provides more detail about how the proposed ICP Contract would underpin integration between services, how it differs from existing NHS contracts, and how ICPs fit into the broader commissioning system.
The NHS has been working on ways to end the fragmented way that services can be provided. ICPs are one of the ways and are intended to allow health and care organisations to be funded to provide services for a local population in a coordinated way.
ICPs represent an additional option for the commissioning of services locally and are not expected to be used everywhere.
The 12 week consultation launched on Friday 03 August and will run until Friday 26 October 2018. People can give their views online or by post. NHS England will also hold engagement events during the consultation period to listen to stakeholders’ views.
For more information on the consultation including how you can take part, click the link below: