Published 30 Nov 21

Updated 05 Jan 22

Latest news about the South East London Integrated Care System (ICS) which will be established on 1 July 2022.

On 1 Jul 2022 (subject to legislation which is currently going through parliament) South-East London Integrated Care System (ICS) will replace the South-East London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which itself was established as a merger between Southwark CCG and five other local CCGs covering Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth and Lewisham from 1 April 2020.

There is a lot of useful background information on integrated care on the King's Fund website. They also have a dedicated and regular newsletter on ICS’; anyone can subscribe. An updated letter was issued on 5th January 2022 and can be found here

Community Southwark is working with our counterparts in the above-mentioned boroughs i.e.: Bexley VCS, Community Links Bromley, Integrate Agency, Lewisham Local and the Metro Charity on a joint VCS representation at the ICS governing body level. An event for VCS groups from all six boroughs is planned for early 2022.

At the local level, the delivery vehicle for South-East London ICS will be Partnership Southwark. This currently has four population-based workstreams, which are focused on better joining up care, making the best use of the Southwark pound to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Southwark residents and address inequalities within our local communities. These are:

Start Well - supporting children and young people, keeping families strong

Live Well - supporting working-age adults with joined-up services that tackle the causes of ill health and promote wellbeing

Age Well - neighbourhood based networks to keep people as healthy and independent as possible in their homes

Care Well - supporting those in care and residential settings for older people and physical disabilities, mental health and learning disabilities.

Each workstream is being led by a multi-agency leadership team and information on the current VCS reps in these teams here.

Examples of some of the work the partnership has been doing with the VCS includes:

  • Funding a social prescribing officer hosted by Community Southwark to support the Southwark Social Prescribing Network and work with the VCS, health and care partners to support a more coordinated and sustainable approach to social prescribing (connecting people to local activities and social support in the community)
  • Funding for micro-grants within the VCS targeted to VCS organisations supporting Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority communities in the borough
  • Developing a Community Mental Health model that better supports people in the community through a neighbourhood approach with a multi-disciplinary workforce including new roles in partnership with the VCS
  • Working with Southwark carers and other VCS organisations involved in supporting informal and formal carers through a ‘Caring for Carers’ programme

How can my non-for-profit get involved?

You can stay up-to-date with developments by registering via Joining the platform will allow you to become one of the thousands of Future NHS members who belong to our nationwide community of health and social care collaborators. From there you can discover a world of helpful resources, best practices and learning from across the health and social care sector. So what are you waiting for? Once you have logged in you can search for workspacesset up your own communitywatch training videos and find knowledge and resources on the FutureNHS Case Study Hub. In the likely event that you do not have an NHS email address and are unable to register via the above link, please contact [email protected].

You can join the local delivery subgroups of Partnership Southwark as a sector representative. If you are interested in this, please contact [email protected] to arrange to speak to one of the Partnership Southwark programme team.

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