NHS Senior Leadership Onboarding and Support

Integrated Care Systems and System Transformation Partnerships


The development of Integrated Care Systems and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships have the common goal of working in close collaboration to improve population health and care for patients. ICSs evolve into an even closer collaboration in partnership with local councils and others, take collective responsibility for managing resources, delivering NHS standards and improving the health of the population they serve. Leadership of and within ICSs and STPs presents challenges.

ICSs and STPs vary in size and composition, and are not currently statutory organisations, they continue to evolve in terms of governance and structure. This means that all progress is delivered through managing a mix of complex relationships and collaboration leading to the memorable quote from the 2019 Kings Fund report Leading for integrated care: “if you think competition is hard, you should try collaboration”

Most of the resources to support STP/ICS leaders sit in this wider theme of ‘Collaborating and Systems Leadership’, however here are some role specific resources:

Report: Advancing Population Health Management – NHS Clinical Commissioners. This report brings together population health management stories from across England – led by clinical commissioners – to demonstrate the progress that has already been made in advancing this approach to healthcare, and what more can be done.

Report: Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On The Health Foundation

Video: Summit 2020: Panel discussion – How are ICSs, ICPs and PCNs progressing? Nuffield Trust – views from partners across systems discussing practical and transformational change and improvements that are being planned and delivered.

Learning Network: The Integrated Care Learning Network is an online space for colleagues working across health and care systems to come together and share experiences, knowledge and good practice. It contains up to date policy information and access to a range of system working networks and case studies.

Landscape oversight: Understanding the current integration landscape and the development of ICSs/ STPs

Guide: Breaking down barriers to better health and care ­This guide provides details on how NHS organisations and local councils in England are moving from fragmented services to local partnerships and integrated care systems in order to meet the health needs of the population.

Bulletin: The Future Health and Care bulletin features news and events on integrating health and care across the country, including examples of best practice from NHS, local government and voluntary sector partnerships.

Podcasts: NHS England / NHS Improvement integrated care focused podcasts featuring system leaders sharing their experiences.

Report: Kings Fund 2015 – The practice of system leadership: Being comfortable with chaos