Today (1 April 2022) marks a significant milestone in the way health and care services in our region are commissioned. The Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board will now operate in shadow form ahead of becoming a statutory body on 1 July 2022.
Firstly, people will see that the Integrated Care System has changed its name from Humber Coast and Vale to Humber and North Yorkshire. The new name better reflects the geography of the region and provided an opportunity to refresh the identity of the ICS, which can be seen on the website and other communications.
The new identity will help patients and their families, along with stakeholders such as elected representatives, the voluntary and charity sector and others recognise the work of the partnership. The background to the identity change was set out by Sue Symington, Chair, Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership in a blog published on 18 March. You can read Sue’s blog here.
What are Integrated Care Systems?
Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) are partnerships of health and care organisations, local government and the voluntary sector. They exist to improve population health, tackle health inequalities, enhance productivity and help the NHS support broader social and economic development.
What has the criteria been in refreshing the brand?
The refresh is funded by NHS, so the overriding criteria has been simplicity and practicality and producing a brand that is able to be reproduced cost-efficiently.
Does the new brand represent a new role for the Health and Care Partnership and Integrated Care Board?
The Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership will continue to bring health and care organisations across the region together. However, with the establishment of an Integrated Care Board (subject to legislation) in July 2022, the ICS is now placed on a statutory footing, removing legal barriers to integrated care for patients and communities.
Will any other names and identities change on 1 July?
No. NHS Trusts, local authorities and other bodies involved in the partnership will retain their existing identities. However, subject to the passing of the Health and Care Bill, mean that Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will be dissolved and NHS Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) will be the organisations with responsibility for NHS functions and budgets.
Why is the Integrated Care Board (ICB) identified under the NHS brand?
Integrated Care Boards will be the body with the responsibility for NHS functions and budget and come under the NHS branding guidelines.
Where can people find out more about the ICS and its new identity?
The first port of call for information about the ICS is the website Contact Us page.