ICS restructure will be ‘simple, local and evolutionary’, says Stevens

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The restructure featured in a government Health Bill due this year should be “simple, local [and] evolutionary”, Sir Simon Stevens has said.

The health bill, expected this spring/summer, will take forward proposals in the government’s Integration and Innovation white paper. These include major changes to the NHS, such as scrapping clinical commissioning groups and creating statutory integrated care systems; removing competition rules and regulation; formally merging NHS England and NHS Improvement; and giving the health secretary much strengthened powers of intervention.

With a view to the changes coming into force in April 2022, local leaders are now embarking on restructuring clinical commissioning groups, starting formal selection of leaders for integrated care systems, and considering how to structure their two boards, as well as delegating/contracting with their constituent “places” and/or provider groups and collaboratives, and other aspects of their governance.

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Source: HSJ
Date: 15 April 2021