Kent and Medway Integrated Care System

Integrated care systems (ICSs) are partnerships between the NHS and councils, working with others, to plan and deliver joined up local health and care services to improve residents’ lives. There are 42 across England – including one for Kent and Medway.

Kent and Medway’s integrated care system involves a wide range of partners including:

They are supported by:

By working together health and care organisations can:

  • improve the health of children and young people
  • support people to stay well and independent
  • act sooner to help those with preventable conditions
  • support those with long-term conditions or mental health issues
  • care for those with multiple needs as populations age, and
  • get the best from collective resources so people get care as quickly as possible.

Integrated Care Partnership

The Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) is the statutory joint committee of an integrated care system.

Responsible for developing the strategy and plan for bettering health and care in Kent and Medway, our ICP is currently chaired by Kent County Council Leader Roger Gough.

Meetings of the committee are held in public and available to watch via video link. Read more about:

Kent and Medway’s Integrated Care Strategy

Kent and Medway’s Integrated Care Strategy sets out how the NHS and local councils can work together to improve health and care for Kent and Medway residents.

It has been produced by NHS Kent and Medway, Kent County Council and Medway Council, supported by district councils and Healthwatch organisations. The voluntary sector, community groups and residents have also played a significant part.

During 2023, all partners of the Integrated Care Partnership talked to people across Kent and Medway through community groups and the voluntary sector, at events, on social media and online, to hear what was important to them. The process has helped ensure the strategy’s shared outcomes are the right ones and reflect what people need from their health and care services.

The strategy sets out six outcomes. The partnership will:

  • give children and young people the best start in life
    We will make sure the conditions and support are in place for all  children and young people to be healthy, resilient and ambitious for the future.
  • tackle the wider determinants to prevent ill health
    We know that lots of other things impact on health (social, economic and environmental factors), we will address these to improve the physical and mental health of all residents, tackling inequalities and focusing on those who are most vulnerable.
  • support happy and healthy living
    We will help people manage their own health and wellbeing and be proactive partners in the care so they can live happy, independent and fulfilling lives; adding years to life and life to years.
  • empower people to best manage their health conditions
    We will support people with multiple health conditions to be part of a team with health and social care professionals working compassionately to improve their health and wellbeing.
  • improve health and care services
    We will improve access for all to health and care services, providing services as locally as possible and creating centres of excellence for specialist care that improves quality, safety and sustainability.
  • support and grow our workforce
    Making Kent and Medway a great place for our colleagues to live, learn and work.

Read the Kent and Medway Integrated Care Strategy.

Integrated Care Board

The Integrated Care Board (ICB) is a statutory NHS organisation responsible for developing the overall integrated care system plan for meeting the health needs of its local residents.

The ICB also manages the local NHS budget and plans and buys healthcare services to meet the needs of people living in its area.

CBs replaced clinical commissioning groups on 1 July 2022 and hold public meetings.

Dates for Kent and Medway ICB meetings.