Key documents for Integrated Care Systems

NHS England has set out the next steps for development of integrated care systems (ICSs) with legislation expected to begin passage through Parliament before the summer.

The Integrated Care Systems Design Framework has been published to support the ongoing progression and development of ICSs. The document sets out the headlines for how we will ask NHS leaders and organisations to operate with their partners in ICSs from April 2022.

All subject to legislation, it will help ICSs as they put in place the practical steps to prepare for their new functions that we expect to be enabled by legislation in this Parliamentary session.

In the drafting of this framework NHS England and NHS Improvement talked to a wide range of stakeholders including those representing patient voices, clinical and professional leaders, local government and many more.

It’s the first in a suite of guidance and resources to help systems over the coming months which will be published on this page.

For all documents needed on ICS guidance and ICS implementation, please see the FutureNHS workspace (this platform requires a log in) which hosts all the key documents for systems.