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What is Integrated Care?

Published on: Tuesday, 09/02/2021 @ 15:54 hrs

The NHS Long Term Plan and government policies including the White Paper, ‘Integration and Innovation, working together to improve health and social care for all’ commits provider and commissioning organisations to a new way of working in Integrated Care Systems (ICSs).

These are partnerships of NHS, local government and community and voluntary organisations. It builds on evidence from elsewhere and what our staff and partners already know, which is that a partnership approach provides a better chance to change services for the better and to tackle some of the wider determinants that impact health such as housing and employment.

The Integrated Care System in our area is ‘North East London Health and Care Partnership’ (NEL HCP) and is divided into seven places aligned to our boroughs – Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, with City and Hackney working together. For more information see North East London Integrated Care System.