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ICSs will be first to intervene in failing trusts, says NHS England


NHS England has said integrated care systems (ICSs) will be responsible for ‘initial problem solving and intervention’ if trusts fail to deliver against key targets to prepare for winter.

NHSE’s letter on winter planning and response, published on Friday, said system working “means a new approach to accountability” and that ICBs – the NHS executive of ICSs – would be accountable for ensuring that providers and others “deliver their agreed role in their local plans and work together effectively”.

The document, signed by NHSE’s leadership, says: “ICBs are responsible for initial problem solving and intervention should providers fail, or be unable, to deliver their agreed role.

“Intervention support can be provided from NHS England regional teams as required, drawing on the expertise of our national level urgent and emergency care team as needed.”

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Source: HSJ, 15 August 2022

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