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Medicines optimisation: How should value be measured?


The panel at a recent HSJ webinar argued value in medicine goes far beyond a review of the price tag – and expressed optimism that the ICS landscape presents opportunities to develop that broader understanding

Money, finance and accounts

Exclusive: Government and NHS in talks over £1bn funding gap


Government is in talks with national NHS leaders over how to fill an urgent funding gap of at least £1bn this financial year, HSJ has learned, as new analysis shows all 42 local integrated care systems were behind their own plans less than halfway through 2023-24.

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The Download: The case for proper population health management


The fortnightly newsletter that unpacks system leaders’ priorities for digital technology and the impact they are having on delivering health services. This week written by senior correspondent Nick Carding. Contact HSJ in confidence here.


‘Cosy’ health and care relationships should be avoided, says NHSE director


Integrated care systems ‘where everybody’s getting on well’ tend to avoid tackling ‘uncomfortable’ – but critical – issues, according to NHS England’s national director of intermediate care and rehabilitation.

Digital innovation

Revealed: First ICS digital maturity ratings


HSJ  can reveal the first ratings given to every integrated care system for the ‘digital maturity’ of its NHS providers.

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HSJ Digital Awards 2023: Digital Innovator of the Year


WINNER: Kumar Medical Centre and Frimley Integrated Care Board: Reducing Health Inequalities in Slough 


ICSs most ‘off target’ on recovery named by NHS England


Seven integrated care systems and one ambulance trust have been placed in ‘intensive support’ because of their performance against urgent and emergency care metrics.

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Revealed: the tenfold regional difference in access to GP records


Fewer than one in 10 GP practices offers patients access to their records in several areas of England, with significant variation across England, six months ahead of a new deadline.


Revealed: The integrated care partnerships with no public meetings or minutes


Six integrated care systems have not held any public meetings of their ‘partnership’ boards – and nine have not published any ICP meetings or papers – nearly a year after they were set up.

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Six systems pulled up by NHSE over poor cancer diagnosis performance


NHS England has demanded recovery plans from six systems with a poor record on delivering urgent cancer checks.

Money, finance and accounts

Revealed: the 14 ICSs admitting they will end the year in deficit


At least 14 integrated care systems have now officially admitted they will end the year with a budget deficit, after just five areas said this at the start of the year.


Every ICS on course to bust their agency spending cap


Internal NHS data suggests every integrated care system is set to bust the caps placed on their agency spending, many by over 50 per cent.

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Highest-rated ICS plunges into the red


England’s highest rated integrated care system has fallen £18.5m behind its financial target for the year, with local leaders warning of a ‘fundamental dichotomy’ between the assumptions made in their fiscal plans and reality.

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‘Real worry’ as two-thirds of ICSs fall into the red


Two out of three integrated care systems have fallen off track on their financial plans, with many now facing the prospect of having to report sizeable deficits in their first year of operation.

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Community participation is core to resolving pressures on the NHS


The demand pressures facing the NHS are so immense that it is imperative to support the wellbeing in communities and better prevent acute escalation, writes Jessica Studdert

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EPRs are in the spotlight (again) – but ICSs will bring new opportunities to the table


EPRs that are custom designed for ICSs and the NHS are vital for collaborative, data driven, preventive and supportive care. By Dr Jonathan Bloor

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Shifting the dial on inequality


How data will help ICSs support those most at risk, writes Markus Bolton

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Former private healthcare boss chosen to chair integrated care board


A former leader of King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust is one of three new integrated care board chairs who have been selected in the South East.


ICSs miss ‘key’ tech target despite ‘enormous progress’


Five integrated care systems have missed a ‘key’ national target to improve NHS staff’s access to patient data, HSJ has learned.


HSJ Value Awards 2021: Digital Clinical Transformation Award


The digital pathway helps people with severe mental illness to plan and manage their own care, supported by a platform that brings all the tools together in one place. This allows the patient to dynamically interact with the people and organisations involved in their care and to move seamlessly between ...