An update from the One Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS) Partnership.
NHS Partners include: -
NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (GCCG)
Primary Care (GP) Providers
Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (GHC)
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHT)
South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT)
The committee received an update on the work of the One Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS). NHS Partners include: NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group; Primary Care (GP) Providers; Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust; Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.
Members noted the progress being made in working towards the further integration of health services, (subject to the progression of the Health and Care Bill 2021-22), to enable the Integrated Care System to commit to a formal partnership arrangement in April 2022.
Guidance released in August 2021 proposed the legal establishment of an Integrated Care Board (ICB), including development of statutory CCG functions to be conferred on the ICB and development of the ICS Constitution. The ICB will fulfil the commissioning functions of the current CCG, plus a variety of functions assigned from NHS England, to oversee the day to day running of the NHS locally and for developing a plan to meet the healthcare needs of the population. The ICB will work towards bringing together health care, social care, public health and wider partners to develop a broader health and care plan for Gloucestershire (Integrated Care Strategy). Work will be undertaken to ensure the smooth closure of the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, (GCCG), in parallel with establishing the ICB from 1 April 2022.
A new target date for the legal and operational establishment of ICSs, 2022/23 priorities and operational planning guidance, was published by NHS England on 24 December 2021. The NHS England statement read, ‘thank you for the significant progress that has been made in preparing for the proposed establishment of statutory Integrated Care Systems. To allow sufficient time for the remaining parliamentary stages, a new target date of 1 July 2022 has been agreed for statutory arrangements to take effect and for ICBs to be legally and operationally established’.
Chair of the Committee, Cllr Andrew Gravells, congratulated Mary Hutton on her recent appointment as Chief Executive designate of the Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (ICB), subject to the formation of the new statutory NHS body on 1 April 2022. It was noted that Mary has fulfilled the role of the One Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS) lead officer since 2018 and Accountable Officer of the NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group since 2013. As reported at the previous meeting, Dame Gill Morgan has been appointed, (by NHS England), Chair designate of the Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board.
A detailed update on the progress of the Integrated Care System will be presented at the HOSC meeting on 11 January 2022. It was confirmed that work was progressing well.
The committee received an update on the COVID-17 Vaccination Programme. It was reported that by the end of October 2021, Gloucestershire had administered one million vaccinations since the programme first started in December 2020. 85% of the population had received a first dose and almost 80% of the population had received a second dose of the vaccine. Offer of the vaccine to schools, (for children aged 12-15), in Gloucestershire was well underway with additional drop-in clinics being offered to eligible 12 to 15-year olds throughout October via several GP-led Primary Care Network (PCN) sites. Up to date information about the community vaccination programme in Gloucestershire can be found via the NHS COVID-19 portal: https://covid19.glos.nhs.uk/vaccinations
Concerns were raised about the impact of legislation from the Government’s Health Secretary on job losses in the care sector. Members were reassured that every effort was being made to ensure everyone in the health and care sector was fully informed on the details relating to the vaccination programme and, whilst not under any pressure, provided with the detailed information they required to make an informed decision. More information on the issue will be provided as part of the performance reporting to the committee.
Full commitment was now being made to delivering the COVID-17 Booster Vaccination Programme. It was confirmed that, despite an incredible challenge, Gloucestershire was fully focussed to administering the booster vaccination.
Chair of the Committee, Cllr Andrew Gravells, thanked Ingrid Barker and representatives from the Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust on the outstanding presentations presented at the Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust Annual Meeting with HOSC on 28 October 2021 at 10.00am.
The report was noted.