Issued on behalf of NHS Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Buckinghamshire County Council, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, South Central Ambulance Service, FedBucks

Leaders across the health and social care system in Buckinghamshire have welcomed today’s announcement from NHS England that Buckinghamshire will be part of the first wave of Integrated Care Systems being created around the country to deliver improvements to local health and care.

Martin Tett, Chair of the Buckinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board and Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, said:

“We are delighted that Buckinghamshire has been designated as one of the first Integrated Care Systems in the country. This is testament to the work partners are doing together to deliver better, safer and more joined up health and care for the local communities we serve.

"Our NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS providers and the council already have a great track record of collaborating to improve the quality of services for local people, such as the significant investments we’re making to expand and redesign out-of-hospital care, including the community hubs pilots in Marlow and Thame and our joint teams of doctors, nurses, therapists, ambulance staff and care professionals providing support to older people in their own homes.

"We’re making great progress in joining up GP, community, mental health, hospital and social care services and in helping our communities live healthier and more independent lives. Leading the way as one of the first Integrated Care Systems will give us greater control, freedom and added pace to our shared work, for example by providing more care closer to home to reduce length of stay in hospital, GPs and mental health teams working alongside hospital teams in A&E, and simplifying/streamlining care for people with long term conditions such as diabetes.”

The partners involved in the Buckinghamshire Integrated Care System are NHS Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Buckinghamshire County Council, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, FedBucks and South Central Ambulance Service.