ICS implementation guidance 

There are now 10 guidance documents from the government covering the development of ICS’s.  Guidance that specifically covers working with the VCSE sector can be found in: ‘Building strong integrated care systems everywhere - ICS implementation guidance on partnerships with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector’.

The key points of this guidance are that:

The VCSE sector is a key strategic partner with an important contribution to make in shaping, improving and delivering services, and developing and implementing plans to tackle the wider determinants of health.

VCSE partnership should be embedded in how the ICS operates, including through involvement in governance structures in population health management and service redesign work, and in system workforce, leadership and organisational development plans.

The guidance emphasises place-based arrangements and building on current involvement.  It contains a 12-point checklist for embedding the VCSE within the ICS’s governance and partnership arrangements.

By April 2022, the ICS needs to develop a formal agreement for engaging and embedding the VCSE sector in system-level governance and decision-making arrangements, ideally by working through a VCSE alliance (the VCSE Partnership Programme) to reflect the diversity of the sector.

The VCSE Partnership Programme is working with ICS leads to use the checklist as a basis for ensuring the sector is embedded within the ICS.




This image is taken from the guidance and shows the approach to VCSE partnerships   



Recruitment of Chief Executive

The ICS has completed the interview process to appoint a Chief Executive.  Jane Hartley, VONNE’s Health and Wellbeing lead and VCSE Partnership Programme Lead, chaired one of the four stakeholder panels as part of the recruitment process to give a VCSE perspective on each of the candidates.  The results of the interview process are expected to be announced next month.


More information about the ICS

You can find details about the North East and North Cumbria ICS, its aims and priorities, as well as news and the latest health campaigns on the ICS website.


How to get involved

If you're not already a member, but wish to play a part in ICS developments at a strategic level, you can join the VCSE Partnership Forum, which meets bi-monthly.

You can sign up for regular programme updates as well as other regional and national health and wellbeing news as part of VONNE’s Health and Wellbeing Network bulletin.