Integrated care systems are an opportunity to reset the relationship between health services and the public
‘The more we concentrate on merely reworking our existing institutions, the more we fail to see or understand the nature of the new challenges that surround us.’
Hilary Cottam, Radical help
If there was ever a time for thinking differently about health and care, it is surely now. The Covid-19 pandemic has served as a graphic reminder that people’s health and wellbeing is shaped by the broader circumstances in which they live and the opportunities that are open to them, or not. But it has also demonstrated that people are not simply victims of circumstance – over the past 14 months many have taken matters into their own hands by helping neighbours and getting involved in community activities that support the health and wellbeing of local people.
In this context, it would be a huge missed opportunity if the development of integrated care systems (ICSs) and place-based partnerships becomes reduced ...