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Integrated care systems in London: challenges and opportunities ahead

Commissioned by the Greater London Authority, this report looks at how the five ICSs in London were developing before Covid-19 and how this has changed as a result of the response to the pandemic. The authors consider the key strategic priorities for London’s ICSs focusing particularly on how they are addressing health inequalities, the use of digital technologies, workforce challenges, estates and social care. The authors conclude by highlighting key risks and opportunities for London’s health and care system.

The development of integrated care systems (ICSs) across England is intended to encourage closer collaboration not only between NHS services, but also between the NHS and local authorities, the voluntary sector and other organisations. While the Covid-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented challenge for the health and care sector, the value of partnership working is now clearer than ever.