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6 January 2023

A new way of working

Integrated Care Boards were established in July 2022 to bring the NHS together locally to improve population health and establish shared strategic priorities. 

The core functions of an ICB include:

  • Planning to meet population health needs
  • Allocating resources
  • Ensuring that services are in place to deliver against ambitions
  • Facilitating the transformation of services
  • Coordinating and improving people and culture development
  • Overseeing delivery of improved outcomes for the population

To realise the benefits of the new ways of working, ICBs will need to lead a cultural change both within the ICB and the wider system. This will include: 

  • Increasing collaboration vertically (across providers) and horizontally (Place) – reducing competition 
  • A focus on wellbeing rather than treating illness – tackling the real causes of ill-health (housing, poverty etc.)
  • Tackling inequalities in care and treatment
  • Supporting the wellbeing of staff to retain our expertise and transform our ways of working

This means, we need to work flexibly – now and in the future – and our structures must enable us to deliver these priorities and to work collaboratively. 

To support this change, ICB staff are in teams that are either:

  • Primarily portfolio focused – working with providers and provider collaboratives to deliver the operating plan and work up transformation or
  • Primarily enablers – working with the system to ensure the ICB is well governed, has a clearly defined strategy and is delivering its plan through good governance, sound stewardship and with the right focus on clinical; safety and a people focus. 

Information about the seven portfolios can be found in our organisational organogram below. Please note that this is a budget structure, and the costs shown against each function also take into account vacancies which are not yet filled:  

Our priorities

The Integrated Care Board (ICB) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is responsible for the health and care of 1.1 million people across a geographical area of 1,048 miles.

The ICB is aligned with two upper-tier local authorities, Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent Council.