With April 2021 marking the deadline for all areas in England to be part of an integrated care system (ICS), we'll explore the future of place and how to enhance place-based partnerships that support the continuous development of ICSs. The central aim of ICSs is to integrate care across different organisations and settings, joining up hospital and community-based services, physical and mental health, and health and social care. Communaut é Afficher tout. For staff, improved collaboration can help to make it easier to work with colleagues from other organisations. Can less be more? Why have some of these changes been controversial? Recent guidance makes clear that ICSs will be expected to manage system performance. The national NHS bodies have adopted a permissive approach meaning that, in contrast to many previous attempts at NHS reform, the design and implementation of ICSs has been locally led within a broad national framework. Currently ICSs have been established in 18 areas (see Map 1). Integrated care systems (ICSs) are a key part of the NHS long-term plan, and are intended to bring about major changes in how health and care services are planned, paid for and delivered. Despite the focus on collaboration and system-working in recent years, the primary focus of NHS regulators has continued to be on managing the performance of individual organisations. Making Integrated Care Systems a reality – the impetus created by the pandemic 12.02.2020 As the NHS faces further pressures with an expected 30% increase in the demand for services and long waiting lists, now is the time for integrated care systems to become a reality across the NHS. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are working more closely with each other at a system level through joint management structures or formal mergers. They bring together NHS providers and commissioners and local authorities to work in partnership in improving health and care in their area. //-->