Connecting and Strengthening the VCSE Sector

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Integrated Care System

The Worcestershire VCSE Alliance is an integral part of the Integrated Care System (ICS). The ICS is a partnership of NHS organisations, local authorities, the VCSE Sector and others to take collective responsibility for planning services, improving health and reducing inequalities across the county.

Working together

By working together ICS member organisations aim to deliver more joined-up support and services within communities to address health inequalities and improve public health.

The ICS exists to achieve four overarching objectives:

  • Improve outcomes in population health and healthcare
  • Tackle inequalities in outcomes, experience and access
  • Enhance productivity and value for money
  • Help the NHS support broader social and economic development

VCSE Worcestershire Alliance and The Integrated Care system have committed to new ways of working together based on a set of shared values and commitments laid out in this Memorandum of Understanding.  

Read more about Integrated Care here – NHS England » What are integrated care systems?

You can learn more about the part the VCSE is playing the ICS in this white paper – Building strong integrated care systems everywhere. ICS implementation guidance on partnerships with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

Watch this animation from The Kings Fund to see how organisations are collaborating to deliver joined-up care.

Our Integrated Care System 

 Our system is made up of –

  • A new statutory NHS body
  • Three NHS Trusts
  • Seven Local Authorities
  • 15 Primary Care Networks
  • 80 GP Practices
  • 123 Community Pharmacies
  • 96 Dentists 
  • 64 Optometrists

Key facts – 

  • Two counties, each with a Healthwatch
  • More than £1.5bn public spend
  • 800,000 people served
  • Over 2000 VCSE organisations
  • Nearly 20,000 staff in statutory sector bodies
Integrated Care System map

Full detail of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Integrated Care System can be found here.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Integrated Care System

In Herefordshire the Community Partnership was launched in 2021. LINK to website.

Other Integrated Care Systems

Our ICS is one of 42 other systems operating nationally. In each of these, the VCSE is playing a vital role.

Here is a selection of inspiring ICS partnerships:

Herefordshire Community Partnership

Herefordshire Community Partnership – Building stronger community voice and action in Herefordshire

Gloucestershire VCSE Alliance
ICS – Gloucestershire VCS Alliance

Suffolk & North East Essex Integrated Care System
Thinking Differently Together