The Health and Care Bill, which intends to put Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) on a statutory footing and create Integrated Care Boards (ICBs), is currently being considered by parliament.
To allow sufficient time for the remaining parliamentary stages, a new target date of 1 July 2022 has been agreed for new statutory arrangements to take effect and Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) to be legally and operationally established. This replaces the previous target date of 1 April 2022.
This new target date will provide some extra flexibility for systems preparing for the new statutory arrangements and managing the immediate priorities in the pandemic response, while maintaining our momentum towards more effective system working.
We continue to prepare for the closure of NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG and the establishment of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board, working towards the new target date.
The establishment of statutory ICS arrangements, and timing for this, remains subject to the passage of legislation by Parliament.