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ADPH Integrated Care Systems Report 2024

Public health workforce | June 7, 2024

Integrated care systems (ICSs) were formalised across England as legal entities with statutory powers and responsibilities in July 2022. ICSs consist of integrated care boards (ICBs) and integrated care partnerships (ICPs) in 42 regions across England.

ICSs are partnerships that bring health and care organisations together to improve the health of the population in their local area, including Directors of Public Health (DsPH).

As with other system changes before it, DsPH and their teams have adapted and sought to collaborate with ICSs effectively for the benefit of the health and wellbeing of local populations.

In January and February 2024, we conducted a survey to investigate and understand the experiences of DsPH when engaging with ICSs. In total, 54 DsPH completed the survey, representing 36 of the 42 ICS regions in England.

The responses shared in the report are grouped into the main sections of the survey and DsPH answers have been presented as a summary. Where appropriate, charts displaying quantitative findings have been included, or quotes which typify the collective DPH response.

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