What is the ICS?
An integrated approach
To meet the health and care challenges we face, the NHS has joined forces with other partners to form Berkshire West Integrated Care System (ICS). The ICS is currently made up of:
- Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
- Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust - an acute hospital
- Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - a community / mental health Foundation Trust
- Providers of GP services in Berkshire West which are configuring themselves into four locality / neighbourhood aligned ‘alliances’
The ICS also works closely with South Central Ambulance Service to drive integration between health and social care.
An Integrated Care System (ICS) is one in which local NHS organisations in partnership with other organisations take on joint responsibility for resources and the health of the local population, providing joined up, better coordinated care.
This is not a new layer of management, but a way for existing NHS organisations – hospitals, GPs, community and mental health teams – to work together more closely.
By doing this we can better coordinate the services we provide, agree system-wide priorities based on long-term need, and take shared responsibility for managing resources.
Berkshire West was formed in June 2017 and is one of ten Integrated Care Systems across England recognised by NHS England.