South West London designated an Integrated Care System

The South West London Health and Care Partnership has formally been designated as an Integrated Care System (ICS).

 

In awarding ICS status, NHS England has recognised the strength of the South West London partnership and the shared ambitions for the six boroughs – Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth.

 

The significant progress made together over the past three years to deliver better outcomes for local people so that in their lives they can start well, live well and age well, has also been recognised.

 

New South West London Health and Care Partnership Independent Chair Millie Banerjee said she felt “privileged to join this successful team”.

 

She paid tribute to the partnership work already done thanks to the “leadership, dedication and commitment” of the staff involved and said there was a “strong collaborative foundations” to build on.

 

She said: “I know all our partners are enormously proud of this achievement and recognition of our partnership work over the last three years.

 

“The impact of this work has never been more evident than during the last few weeks, during which we’ve demonstrated our ability to respond collectively to coronavirus pandemic as one health and care system.

 

“We do not underestimate the work we still have to do, but becoming an ICS allows us to build on what we’ve done so far, which has made a real difference to the lives of local people.”