Devon approved to become an Integrated Care System

A message from Dame Suzi Leather, Devon System Independent Chair, and Simon Tapley, Interim System Chief Executive and CCG Accountable Officer.

We are delighted to inform you that Devon has been approved by NHS England and NHS Improvement to be designated as an Integrated Care System (ICS) from 1 April 2021.

Our ICS will bring together our health, social care and wider partners to give patients and service users more joined up care and help us improve population health.

We have been building the foundations towards an ICS for the past four years. We have, for example:

  • Built strong partnerships between our organisations – including joint posts between the NHS and local authorities.
  • Set up a new collaborative agreement between three of our hospital providers.
  • Merged our two CCGs to enable us to commission services more effectively across the whole county.
  • Forged strong links with our Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) partners.

Partnership working has been at the heart of our remarkable response to the coronavirus pandemic and the vaccination programme. The establishment of our ICS will help to ensure that agile approach and can-do attitude follows into the future.

Our new Integrated Care System in Devon will see the CCG, our three local authorities, NHS Trusts, general practice, community services, mental health trusts, and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector work closely together to improve the health of all residents, better support people living with multiple and long term conditions, prevent illness, tackle variation in care and deliver seamless services while getting maximum impact for every pound.

For more information about today’s announcement, read NHS England and NHS Improvement’s press release. To find out more about ICSs, watch their short animation.

We look forward to Jane Milligan joining us on 1 April 2021 as Chief Executive of our ICS, and also to working more closely with you as part of this exciting new journey. And we will provide more details as we move forward.

With our warmest best wishes.

Suzi and Simon

Dame Suzi Leather, Devon System Independent Chair

Simon Tapley, Interim System Chief Executive and CCG Accountable Officer