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NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group ceased to exist at midnight on 30 June 2022.  From 1 July 2022, its functions have been transferred to NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board which is part of our new Health and Care Partnership.  This website is no longer being maintained and will be archived shortly.  
Please visit our new Integrated Care Board website or the Health and Care Partnership website.

Role of BLMK ICS

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) operates as an Integrated Care System (ICS) called the BLMK Health and Care Partnership, where NHS organisations work in partnership with local councils and other partners including the voluntary sector.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought to life how important it is for local organisations and people to work together.

Ours is a vibrant area, rich in diversity but there is poor health and inequality within our boundaries. The NHS, Councils and other partners across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are working together to improve the health and wellbeing of you, your family and community. To find out more about our Priorities, click here.

Our vision is to work with our population to optimise health and wellbeing, advance equality in our communities and make the best use of our resources.

We want people to live longer in good health and we are absolutely committed to spending public money wisely on the services that will make the biggest difference.

We develop our plans through discussions with local people to ensure that the public voice continues to inform all of our decisions.

To find out more about the BLMK Health and Care Partnership visit our website.

BLMK stands for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. The Integrated Care System is responsible for improving the health of the population in these areas, overseeing their health and care.

Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) are partnerships that bring together NHS organisations and social care services delivered by councils together with volunteer, community and social enterprise organisations to meet the health and care needs across a geographic area, coordinating services and improving population health and reducing inequalities in communities.

The core purpose of an ICS is to:

  • Improve health and care outcomes
  • Tackle health inequalities
  • Enhance value for money
  • Support socio-economic opportunities

For more information about the role of the BLMK Integrated Care System visit our web page https://www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/about-us/blmk-ics/role-of-blmk-ics/

For more general information about Integrated Care Systems visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/integratedcare/what-is-integrated-care/

An Integrated Care Partnership is a statutory joint Committee established by the four Councils in BLMK and the Integrated Care Board. Healthwatch, the voluntary sector and NHS organisations will be members of the Committee. It sets the strategy for how the partnership want to see the health of the population improve and supports partnerships and integrated working at a system level.

An Integrated Care Board is a statutory NHS body that is responsible for developing the plan that implements the NHS services strategy that responds to the population health improvement strategy that is set by the Integrated Care Partnership.  It will take on the current functions and budgets of the Clinical Commissioning Group and will have additional functions to the CCG such as for population health management, use of digital support and data to drive improved healthcare and responsibility for NHS people plan implementation at a system level.

Place Based Partnerships operate in each of the four boroughs in BLMK, aligned to Local Authority boundaries. The partnerships are made up of local NHS and social care partners working with Health Watch and other local partners such as the VCSE. They bring partners together to plan and deliver health and care services to improve the population’s health as close to home as possible.

Health and Wellbeing Boards are statutory committees chaired by local authorities which bring together the NHS, local authorities and wider partners to develop strategies for local areas (places).  The strategies are based on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessments for each local authority area. There are four health and wellbeing boards in BLMK, one in each local authority area:

  • Bedford Borough
  • Central Bedfordshire
  • Luton
  • Milton Keynes

There will be a strong link between the four Health and Wellbeing Boards and the BLMK ICP, with the BLMK ICP looking across the four boroughs and identifying areas where working across BLMK to address specific issues would add value to work going on locally.

Provider Collaboratives are partners working together to deliver services across a wider geographic area than one place or local authority area.

Integrated Care Systems will be funded by NHS England in line with the NHS Mandate agreed by Government. Payments will then be made from the ICB to providers within the System in line with agreed contracts.

The Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) is a joint committee that is formed by the NHS’ Integrated Care Board and the four local authorities in BLMK.

The Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) is accountable to both the Integrated Care Board and the Local Authorities. The ICP is set up as a joint committee of the Local Authorities and the ICB.

Each partner organisation within the Integrated Care System will remain accountable for their individual statutory responsibilities.

The Integrated Care Partnership is a Joint Committee.  The Committee will appoint someone to be its Chair and we are currently developing our approach for BLMK.

The Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) will develop an integrated care strategy and make decisions based on engagement and evidence of what works, local data and insights from people with lived experience of health and social services. Our Integrated Care Strategy will be developed with the Health and Wellbeing Boards in each geographic area.  The ICP will hold its meetings and take decisions in public.

Across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes there are areas where people live shorter lives in poorer health.  The Integrated Care System will use population health data to better target resources, working together to join up services from health, social care, the voluntary sector and other local services to improve health and wellbeing for the population of BLMK.

The Integrated Care System is dedicated to improving health and wellbeing, working with partners to build services with local people and join services together. Our job is to help people to live healthier lives for longer by tackling health inequality, supporting economic development, improving health and care services and delivering value for money. By working together and making the best use of our resources, we can do more and make a difference more quickly.

To find out more about our strategic priorities visit our web page https://www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/about-us/blmk-ics/our-five-priorities/

The Integrated Care System (ICS) is based on the principle that care is best delivered as close to people’s homes and within their communities as possible. There may be some occasions where care can be provided more effectively or efficiently in fewer, more specialised centres, but where the ICS or our partners are suggesting changes to local services they will ensure that local people are involved in shaping these decisions.

The Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes’ Integrated Care Partnership consists of 12 core partners including the four councils, two local hospitals, community care providers, mental health providers and ambulance service providers. For a full list of partners visit our web page https://www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/about-us/blmk-ics/governance-and-people-blmk-ics/ics-partners/

Yes, voluntary organisations are key partners of the Integrated Care System and we will be working collaboratively to deliver our priorities.

A VCSE representative is one of the core members of the Integrated Care Partnership with other VCSE representatives being invited to participate in meetings as relevant to their areas of interest.

Yes, Health Watch organisations across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are key partners of the Integrated Care System and we will be working collaboratively to deliver our priorities.

The four Health Watch organisations in BLMK are core members of the Integrated Care Partnership.

We are keen to share the work we are doing across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

You can attend our Integrated Care Partnership meetings when they start after 1 July 2022.

You can receive our regular stakeholder newsletter by joining our mailing list. To register, email [email protected]

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