Executive Recruitment

Integrated Care

Integrated Care Systems leadership

ICS leaders and independent chairs for NHS integrated care systems (ICS) have responsibility for the future of the health and care systems within their region, to improve the health and care of the population covered by each respective system.

Over the last few years they have operated by building ever greater partnership working between the NHS and local authorities – initially as System Transformation Partnerships – engaging with a range of stakeholders to maximise the benefits of collaborative working, shared decision making and effective governance.

Thanks in large part to the efforts of those who have performed these roles, every part of the country was able to be designated as an ICS by April 2021, an ambition set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Future plans

The House of Commons recently voted to give the Health and Care Bill a second reading.

The Bill contains a series of measures which would formally establish ICSs and give their governing bodies – including an NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB) for each area – a broader range of responsibilities, empowering them to better join up health and care, improve population health and reduce health inequalities.

While we cannot pre-empt the decisions of Parliament, the Bill receiving a positive vote at Second Reading means there is a degree of confidence that the measures relating to ICSs will become law.

In turn, that means the NHS locally, regionally and nationally has a responsibility to prepare for when those measures are expected to come into effect, which is currently April 2022.

A key element of this preparation is confirming who we would expect to take up senior roles for each NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB), starting with the chair designates.

Process for selecting ICS CEOs

As the current ICS executive lead roles are different to the new ICS CEO roles we are advertising all 42 roles. To support the selection processes to the CEO roles and designate Chief Executive of the anticipated NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB) we have outlined a set of national leadership competencies, roles and responsibilities as well as a desired set of leadership values and behaviours in order to advance the ambitions of the NHS People Plan.

All ICSs will see a robust selection process to appoint a CEO into a full-time role that covers just one ICS.

The recruitment is being run by NHS England and NHS Improvement as the appointing body against the same criteria as outlined above. This robust assurance process will involve a full process to assess against the criteria outlined in the Applicant pack.

The open application process for these roles has therefore launched on 1 September 2021 and will be open until 23.59 on 26 September 2021.