Health and Care Integration

  • Financial management is key to ICS’ success

    24 June 2022

    With Integrated Care Systems due to become statutory bodies on 1 July, Dr Eleanor Roy says good public financial management will be crucial to ensure outcomes and value for money are achieved.


  • The right conversations are more powerful than structures

    21 June 2022

    Tackling issues such as delayed hospital discharges is not about structures and powers, although they can definitely help, but more about having the right conversations so we can work together in place, says Sheila Oxtoby.


  • Our future depends on supporting children and the young

    20 June 2022

    Debates on integrated care often default to older people and hospital flow, but Rob Webster and Jenny Lingrell argue that children and young people should be seen as of parallel importance.


  • Putting ICSs at the heart of health equality

    13 June 2022

    As Integrated Care Systems move onto a statutory footing in July, what is the best way they can tackle health inequalities? Ann McGauran reports from a recent Health Devolution Commission event.


  • Warning over ICSs becoming ‘cabals of self-interest’

    08 June 2022

    Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid was forced to defend the new system when he appeared before MPs.


  • Getting on with integrated care

    25 May 2022

    Greater Manchester believes the formal governance of the new integrated care system and the voice of place within it will be fundamental to its future success in narrowing health inequalities, says Tom Stannard.


  • Future Forum: ICSs provide chance for culture change

    13 May 2022

    Integrated Care Systems (ICS) must not be ‘driven by structure,’ The MJ’s Future Forum heard today.


  • The ‘people’s choice’ for health and care leadership

    11 May 2022

    Andrew Laird says local authorities are the driving force for the levelling up agenda through co-production with local communities, and there are many reasons why council leaders are perfect for the role of leading in health and care ‘places’.


  • Squaring the circle

    11 May 2022

    Newly installed Association of Directors of Adult Social Services president Sarah McClinton tells Ann McGauran how she plans to ensure care workers receive the funding they require to do their best.


  • Taking Integrated Care Systems to the next level

    03 May 2022

    Phil Hope of the Health Devolution Commission looks at emerging best practice approaches for Integrated Care Systems, including five key financial design principles that reflect collaboration rather than competition.


  • Bill passes as intervention powers reined in

    29 April 2022

    The Health and Care Bill has officially received Royal Assent following months of wrangling between the House of Commons and House of Lords.


  • Driving towards great social care

    27 April 2022

    Jeremy Cooper says the list of transformational change factors facing directors of adult social services may seem overwhelming, but councils have done a fantastic job at keeping focused on how to deliver great care.


  • Better Outcomes, Better Lives in Manchester

    27 April 2022

    Bernadette Enright says Manchester is starting to see the impact of its programme of transformational change for adult social care, including improved outcomes and the ability to reinvest in services


  • Good financial management is the secret to successful integration

    27 April 2022

    Adopting a whole-systems approach will be key to the success of Integrated Care Systems. However, to be effective this must be driven by all partners at all levels of leadership, says Rob Whiteman.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Barriers hold back councils from playing a strategic health leadership role

    26 April 2022

    A host of barriers are hampering local government's ability to play a strategic leadership and coordination role within local health systems to improve outcomes, a new report has revealed.


  • Putting people first

    26 April 2022

    At a time when innovation and behaviour change are needed, a number of barriers are making it harder for councils to play a strategic role within system-wide partnerships to improve health outcomes. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Care workforce reform should recognise the role of housing associations

    19 April 2022

    Housing associations and local authorities must both be heard in the discussions shaping the future of the care workforce, says Richard Hill.


  • Levelling up: the digital challenge

    12 April 2022

    The MJ and BT recently held a round table debate with nine leading council chief executives from the Midlands and the North to debate the challenges and opportunities from the digital revolution. Michael Burton reports.


  • We can’t take the pain of dementia away, but we can make it easier

    12 April 2022

    East Hampshire DC's second 'dementia festival' day and its directory aren’t big budget items and aren’t directly providing healthcare – 'but they are directly helping people in our communities', says Gill Kneller.


  • July is just the starting line for ICS

    30 March 2022

    James Arrowsmith says collaboration with local government is key to the success of Integrated Care Systems, and we will need to keep making the case for the equal role of councils.