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Integrated workforce thinking guide: Practical solutions to support integrated care systems

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This guide has been written to support employers in integrated workforce thinking, in line with delivering the ICS strategy.


The introduction of 42 ICSs across England represented a change in how we bring together organisations to plan and deliver health and care services in their localities. High quality health and care services, that improve outcomes in population health, are dependent upon a highly skilled and valued workforce.

Partners from across both health and social care must come together to plan and develop a workforce that integrates and connects across all parts of the system to deliver personal, person-centred care to their local populations now and in the future.

The guide, produced in partnership with NHS Employers and Skills for Care, provides tips and insight to help system leaders consider what is needed to plan for and achieve a successfully integrated workforce.  It is aimed at ICS workforce leads, chief people officers, directors of adult social services, chief executives, human resource (HR) directors, elected members including ASC portfolio holders and chairs of health and wellbeing boards, and those who are responsible for integrated workforce thinking across health and social care.

Read the report

The report can be read on NHS Employers' website. 

Putting people at the centre of their care shows the challenges an individual can face in health and care and how integrated workforce thinking can have a positive impact on their life.