The Health and Care Bill has received Royal Assent

On 28 April 2022, the Health and Care Act 2022 completed the parliamentary process and received Royal Assent. This is a welcome and important step on the journey towards establishing Integrated Care Systems on a statutory footing, which will take place on 1 July 2022 as communicated in the NHS 2022/23 priorities and operational planning guidance, and enabling more collaborative ways of working across the health and care system.

This next phase of system development continues and builds on the evolution of local partnerships and collaborative ways of working over several years, with the first ICSs created in 2018, emerging from Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships. The vision for greater integration was laid out in the Five Year Forward View and further cemented by the NHS Long Term Plan in 2019.

From 1 July 2022, there will be 42 statutory ICSs covering the whole of England. For more information, you can view our ICB transition FAQs.

We will continue to support staff through our staff consultation to becoming an ICS, which launched last week. Thank you to all staff for all your work so far to lead this transition and for your continued support.