Integrated care systems and integrated care boards in England
NHS England established 42 statutory integrated care boards (ICBs) on 1 July 2022 in line with its duty in the Health and Care Act 2022. This was as part of the Act’s provisions for creating integrated care systems (ICSs).
ICSs are partnerships of NHS bodies and local authorities, working with other relevant local organisations, that come together to plan and deliver joined up health and care services to improve the lives of people in their area.
Each ICS has an integrated care board, which is a statutory NHS organisation responsible for developing a plan in collaboration with NHS trusts/foundation trusts and other system partners for meeting the health needs of the population, managing the NHS budget and arranging for the provision of health services in the defined area.
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were closed down on 1 July 2022 when integrated care boards were established on a statutory basis.
NHS England has made the Integrated care boards (establishment) order 2022, under section 14Z25 of the NHS Act 2006 (as inserted by the Health and Care Act 2022), establishing 42 ICBs with effect from 1 July 2022. The order specifies the name and area of each ICB, which are also included in each board’s constitution, and gives legal effect to the constitutions.
All 42 integrated care board constitutions, are available here. The ICB constitution, which can only be amended with the approval of NHS England, sets out the board membership and governance arrangements.
You can see further information about integrated care board leaders and links to the local integrated care system websites in the ICS leadership section of this website.