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The King's Fund

Integrated Care Systems (icss) Learning Network

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About the course

We have created a learning network for anyone involved in developing an integrated care system (ICS) in their area. This network offers you an opportunity to join peers facing similar issues and to learn from successful examples both here and internationally.

The health system in England is facing a number of challenges including an ageing population, an increasing number of people with multiple, long-term conditions and a difficult financial climate. To meet these challenges, and to improve both the quality of care and patients' experience, different and more integrated approaches to care delivery are needed.

For many areas, an ICS – in which NHS providers work closely with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), GP networks, local authorities and other partners to share responsibility for how they use their resources to benefit local populations – is seen as an effective way of delivering the key priorities set out in their local sustainability and transformation plan (STP). These priorities include a greater focus on health and wellbeing, re-design of the care delivery model and financial sustainability.

How will you benefit from this programme?

On this learning network, you will benefit from:

  • aaccess to learning from other places, both in the UK and internationally
  • challenge from and networking with peers from across England
  • protected time out to consider – with input from The King’s Fund staff – how you might introduce change locally.

What will you do on this programme?

You will take part in four facilitated meetings here at The King’s Fund to share learning and experiences and to hear from national and international experts. Some of these experts will be chosen in consultation with the group members during the network and may include speakers from programme members’ sites.

Meetings will cover a range of topics, including:

  • developing outcomes
  • introducing care co-ordination strategies at scale
  • new ways of working in and with general practice
  • risk-sharing arrangements
  • governance mechanisms
  • population health management.

There is no single model for an ICS, so local context is important in shaping the approach taken. The meetings will allow you time to explore what organisational capabilities are needed for developing an ICS and how you might introduce changes locally.

Who should attend

The network is for senior managers and clinicians interested and/or already involved in developing ICSs and other new care models for their local population.

The network will be limited to eight areas and each area will be able to send three members.

Trust the experts

Nicola Walsh

Nicola has worked in and with the NHS for more than 25 years first as a clinician, then as a researcher and more recently as an organisational development (OD) specialist.  She has also worked in the strategy unit at the Department of Health and held various non-executive and trustee positions in...


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