NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB)
The NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB) is a key partner in the wider Suffolk and North East Essex ICS created under the Health and Care Act 2022. It is a new statutory NHS body that has taken on the functions previously performed by the three predecessor Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – North East Essex CCG, West Suffolk CCG and Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG. Although the ICB has taken on the functions of the previous CCGs, it brings our local health and care organisations together in new ways, with a greater emphasis on collaboration and shared responsibility for the health of the local population. Under the Health and Care Act, 2000 the ICB also has flexibility to deliver commissioning activities differently too.
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NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB) – Core Functions
- Developing a plan to meet the health and healthcare needs of the Suffolk and North East Essex population for all ages – to deliver the Integrated Care Strategy.
- Allocating resources to deliver the plan across the system by determining what resources should be available to meet population need as a system and in each of the three places (Alliances) and setting principles for how they should be allocated across services and providers.
- Establishing joint working arrangements with partners that embed collaboration as the basis for delivery within the plan.
- Establishing governance arrangements to support collective accountability between partner organisations for whole-system delivery and performance, underpinned by the statutory and contractual accountabilities of individual organisations.
- Arranging for the provision of health services in line with the allocated resources across Suffolk and North East Essex through a range of activities including:
- putting contracts and agreements in place to secure delivery of its plan by providers
- convening and supporting providers (working both at system level and at place) to lead major service transformation programmes to achieve agreed outcomes
- support the development of primary care networks (PCNs) as the foundations of out-of-hospital care and building blocks of place-based partnerships. The ICB will delegate functions to statutory providers to enable this.
- working with local authority and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSEF) sector partners to put in place personalised care for people, including assessment and provision of continuing healthcare and funded nursing care, and agreeing personal health budgets and direct payments for care.
- Leading system implementation of people priorities including delivery of the Suffolk and North East Essex People Plan and People Promise by aligning partners across the ICS to develop and support ‘one workforce’, including through closer collaboration across the health and care sector, with local government, the voluntary and community sector and volunteers.
- Leading system-wide action on data and digital: working with partners across the NHS and with local authorities to put in place smart digital and data foundations to connect health and care services to put the citizen at the centre of their care.
- Using joined-up data and digital capabilities to understand local priorities, track delivery of plans, monitor and address unwarranted variation, health inequalities and drive continuous improvement in performance and outcomes.
- Through joint working between health, social care and other partners including police, education, housing, safeguarding partnerships, employment and welfare services, ensuring that the NHS plays a full part in achieving wider goals of social and economic development and environmental sustainability.
- Driving joint work on estates, procurement, supply chain and commercial strategies to maximise value for money across the system and support wider goals of development and sustainability.
- Planning for, responding to and leading recovery from incidents (EPRR), to ensure NHS and partner organisations are joined up at times of greatest need, including taking on incident coordination responsibilities as delegated by NHS England and NHS Improvement.
- Functions delegated by NHS England including commissioning of primary care and appropriate specialised services.