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BOB Integrated Care System (ICS)

The Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System (ICS)

Berkshire West CCG 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)
  • six NHS Trusts
  • 14 local authorities
  • 166 GP practices, working together as 45 Primary Care Networks

This infographic helps illustrates the make up of the BOB area.

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 
  • ensure they are sustainable within allocated funding

The Health and Care Bill currently moving through parliament aims to put the new health and care infrastructure on a statutory footing from July 2022. These changes were outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan, and will allow for more collaboration between services and better, more integrated care for patients.

Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West ICS will have four main aims:

  • improve outcomes in population health
  • tackle inequalities in health outcomes, experience and patient access
  • enhance productivity and value for money
  • help the NHS support broader social and economic development

The Integrated Care Board is the statutory NHS body which will be responsible for commissioning services and setting strategic direction. It will lead on system-wide approaches to data, digital, workforce and estates as well as emergency preparedness, resilience and response to major incidents and will provide formal leadership for the Integrated Care Partnership. From July 2022, all current NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) staff will transfer to the ICB, and CCGs will no longer exist.

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. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to engage with our key stakeholders throughout the period of ICS transition, we have developed a public-facing engagement website. The site is an opportunity for the public to submit ideas and comment on key draft documents, such as our developing constitution and engagement strategy. It also contains a range of information relating to the evolving ICS, including key papers and submissions in a single, easy-access digital library.

We are also in the process of reviewing and updating the BOB ICS website with the aim of it being refreshed by the end of March 2022.