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Berkshire West Integrated Care System (ICS)

An Integrated Care System (ICS) is one in which local NHS organisations (both commissioners and providers), often in partnership with local authorities, choose to take on clear collective responsibility for resources and population health, providing joined up, better coordinated care.

The Berkshire West Integrated Care System includes Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the acute Royal Berkshire Hospital and Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trusts, and providers of GP services in four locality or neighbourhood ‘alliances’. The system covers a registered population of approximately 528,000 residents in Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. 

Please visit the dedicated Berkshire West ICS website for more information:

Get involved

The Berkshire West ICS is committed to ensuring local people have the chance to help shape new services and provide feedback for how we can improve the health and care system in Berkshire West.

They produce a regular e-newsletter which highlights the latest projects across Berkshire West ICS. Please sign up here

You can also follow their Twitter feed and Facebook page for the latest information.

How will the ICS benefit patients? Guy's story

More people now need care across a number of different settings; hospitals, primary care, clinics, nursing homes and home care agencies – which are often not well co-ordinated. The result of this for our patients is a system which produces variable quality of care and where patients may experience lapses in care as they move between organisations. Our aim is that the ICS facilitates more collaborative working between the organisations in Berkshire West, which will ensure our services meet the health and care needs of the local population.

In the video below, Wokingham patient, Guy, tells how care delivered by an integrated, multi-disciplinary team has improved the quality of his life.