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Health and wellbeing boards and integrated care systems


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Health and wellbeing boards and integrated care systems

Seven years on, there have been fundamental and far-reaching changes in how the NHS works across different services and with external partners such as local government.

There is a new emphasis on collaboration, population health and integration, including new models of care and sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs), which are evolving into integrated care systems (ICSs). The NHS long term plan recognises the importance of local government’s engagement in these developments but evidence from our work suggests that in many places this has been patchy. What do these developments mean for the future role of health and wellbeing boards (HWBs)? This long read by the Kings Fund examines the part HWBs, and local government more broadly, have played in the emergence of ICSs so far and options for their future.