Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire West Integrated Care System
OCCG is part of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System (BOB ICS) which covers a population of 1.8 million, three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) including OCCG, six NHS Trusts, 14 local authorities and 166 GP practices, working together as 45 Primary Care Networks.
Integrated care systems aim to bring the NHS together with Local Authorities to further the integration of health and care; improve the health of local populations; transform the quality of care provided and ensure they are sustainable within allocated funding.
Following the publication of the White Paper which outlines a broad set of proposals for legislation which will be introduced to parliament later this year with a view that they will be enacted ahead of March 2022. The white paper proposes putting each ICS onto a statutory footing and core CCG functions are subsumed into the ICS. While there is much that will be defined in guidance and legislation over the course of 2021 it is likely that a new commissioning organisation will be created across BOB that will launch in April 2022.
We are already taking steps on governance arrangements for the three CCGs across BOB geography and to start developing ‘committees in common.’ We will be establishing a comprehensive transformation programme to manage this transition in the early part of 2021/22.
Integrated Care System Boundary Decision
Following local engagement and consideration by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, a written ministerial statement from Ed Agar, Minister of State for Health has been published confirming Integrated Care System (ICS) boundaries.
As part of this, the decision has been made to support the Frimley Health and Care ICS to continue in its current scale from April 2022 with boundaries remaining as they are. This means that the Berkshire East area (Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead and Bracknell) will stay within the Frimley system as per current arrangements.
This decision recognises the strong health and care partnership working already in place across the system, and with neighbouring systems such as ours, and helps to create certainty for the future.