Here are some helpful resources to support positive and innovative partnership working with your local Integrated Care System (ICS).

Understanding Integrated Care Systems (ICSs)

Formation, structure and opportunity

In this short introductory video, our Director of Innovation and Growth, Nigel Harris, explains how ICSs are formed, what their structure is and the role that VCSE sector can play in health and social care innovation and transformation. You can watch the video here.

Integrated Care Systems: How will they work under the Health and Care bill?

Read an article about the changes to the health and care system under the new Health and Care bill, from The Kings Fund.


NHS briefings and guidance

NHS Reset: How health and care systems can work better with VCSFE partners

An NHS briefing outlining five ways ICSs can work with the voluntary sector to rebuild local systems and reset the way health and care is planned and delivered.


NHS England Integrated Care Systems: Guidance

A portfolio of ten documents that set out the headlines for how NHS England will ask NHS leaders and organisations to operate with their partners in Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) from April 2022 – and guidance in respect of what the employment commitment is, its application in practice and how it affects people. Read the documents and guidance here.


The VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance (HW Alliance)

An initiative of the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement, and the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), exists to connect the VCSE sector with the health and care system. Visit the Health and Wellbeing Alliance website here.



Spring Impact’s Social Replication Toolkit: do you have a solution to a social problem that you know works? The Social Replication toolkit is designed to help replicate the impact of an existing community-transforming project. Read more here.

Top tips for influencing and working with the NHS as a VCSE organisation. Read more here.



Power to Change: What works: Successful health and wellbeing community businesses. Read the report here.

Centre for Ageing Better: The role of the Leeds Neighbourhood Networks during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the report here.

Sheffield Hallam University: Evaluation of the Community Investment Enterprise Facility. Read the report here.


Training videos

Data security

Click here to watch this training video delivered by Riki Moody, Chief Operations Officer at Gloucestershire Care Providers Association (GCPA).

During this session, which is hosted by the West of England AHSN, participants will learn how to formulate an action plan to ensure cyber security within their own organisations and the cyber security requirements to assist with tendering contracts with Gloucestershire County Council.  Gloucestershire Care Providers Association (GCPA) is voice of the independent social care sector in Gloucestershire.


An introduction to the NHS as a marketplace

Click here to watch this training video delivered by Alex Leach, Deputy Director of Innovation and Growth at the West of England AHSN.

During this session, Deputy Director of Innovation and Growth at the West of England AHSN, Alex Leach, will attempt to demystify some of the complexities of the health and care sector and detail the support available to you when thinking about working with NHS organisations.



The West of England Academy

VCFSE organisations and NHS service providers and commissioners can also access the free healthcare innovation resources we offer through our West of England Academy. The Academy is for all health and care professionals, front line, support services, commissioners and innovators living, working or planning to work in the West of England, and provides a range of free resources to help you gain knowledge and develop essential skills for innovative thinking and working. Visit the Academy innovation resource page here.