From today (1 July), new arrangements are being introduced to improve the health, care and wellbeing of the population by delivering joined up and high-quality healthcare to meet the changing needs of the local population.
The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Integrated Care Board (LLR ICB) will be responsible for planning, arranging and ensuring the availability and quality of health services to local people.
The LLR ICB replaces the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (LLR CCGs), taking on many of the functions that were formerly the responsibility of the CCGs.
Working in greater collaboration to maximise the benefits of partnership working for patients, the ICB is made up of representatives from local NHS organisations and Local Authorities.
Andy Williams, Chief Executive of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Integrated Care Board (LLR ICB) said: “Today marks the start of a fantastic opportunity to drive improvements to health and care services and making a real difference to the lives of people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
“The CCGs have made a huge contribution to the development of integrated care in our area and the ICB will take on the existing commissioning and planning functions of the CCGs as well as new statutory functions including the development of a five - year plan for how the NHS will meet the heath needs of the local population as part of an integrated care strategy with key partners.
“This is a very exciting time to work in partnership with our NHS Trusts, GPs, Local Authorities, the voluntary and community sector and local communities. This is a significant development and step forward in the long – held ambition to deliver services jointly around the needs of patients, removing the barriers that sometimes can exist. It will also support collaboration between health, care and other bodies to address the long-standing health inequalities that continue to exist across our system.”
Mark Andrews, Chief Executive of Rutland County Council and Partner Member for Local Authorities on the LLR ICB, added: “The establishment of Integrated Care Boards is about building on existing partnerships that are already working well. This means we can do more to tackle health and wellbeing issues across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
“People are starting to understand the important relationship between health and social care services and how this can impact our wider health system. It’s vital that local authorities bring forward their knowledge and experience to help make these new ICBs successful.”
Councillor Louise Richardson, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for health, said: “This is an important milestone and I’m pleased we’re making strides in joining up health and care services across our area.
“Supporting people to live long, fulfilling lives and boosting their wellbeing and independence is a priority for us and I look forward to achieving this by working even closer with our local NHS.”