Integrated care systems (ICSs) Learning network

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

The recently published NHS long-term plan has confirmed that ICSs are a central feature of current health and care policy. By 2021, all of England is to be covered by ICSs.  

An ICS – in which NHS providers work closely with clinical commissioning groups, primary care networks, local authorities and other partners to share responsibility for how they use their resources to benefit local populations – requires some different ways of working. Key priorities will include promoting health and well-being, re-designing care services and ensuring financial sustainability. This network will provide participants with some protected time out to learn how other areas are addressing these issues and to reflect and work on their own local issues.

Who is it for?

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 six areas and each area will be able to send three members.

How will you benefit from this programme?

On this learning network, you will benefit from:

  • access to learning from other places, both in England 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 five 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:

  • introducing care co-ordination strategies
  • establishing new ways of working in and with general practice
  • implementing governance mechanisms
  • overcoming workforce issues
  • establishing strategies for population health. 

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 capabilities are needed in your own local system or partnership and how you might introduce any changes.

Programme team


Nicola Walsh

Assistant director, Leadership and organisational development

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