A year of integrated care systems: reviewing the journey so far | Kings Fund
The aim of this study was to understand how Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) are developing, and identify emerging lessons for local systems and national policy-makers. 72 interviews were conducted with NHS and local government leaders and other stakeholders to examine progress in eight of the first ICSs.
Although ICSs have only been in operation for a year, the report found encouraging signs of progress. The evidence reported shows that partner organisations and their leaders are working more collaboratively to manage performance and finances across a system in a way that was not happening previously.
Evidence of tangible improvements in services and outcomes is limited to date, but this is to be expected given the brief time ICSs have been in existence. This must be a key priority for all ICSs going forward. The report found broad consensus that the ICS model has real potential to bring about improvements in health and care, and to place services on a sustainable footing.