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The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has responded to an NHS England consultation on the future of integrated care systems (ICSs), calling for them to include senior-level rehabilitation leads within their structure.

CSP says that ICSs are a “welcome” shift away from competition and towards greater collaboration going forwards.

The public consultation sought feedback from NHS organisations and their partners about how the introduction of legal reforms and guidance could enable ICSs to operate more effectively.

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It also discussed how more integrated care could break down barriers to people accessing health and social care separately.

Responding to NHS’ document about the future of ICSs, CSP has submitted a series of suggestions, which include that there should be greater transparency at all levels about NHS decision-making – particularly in relation to procurement. Furthermore, it says that all ICSs should have a rehabilitation lead at a senior level and representation of staff through their trade unions and professional bodies.

Rachel Newton, CSP Head of Policy, said: “This consultation is important as it could potentially lead to significant changes in how services in England will be commissioned and organised in the future.

“Integrated care systems are a welcome shift away from competition and towards greater collaboration and integration

“But it is essential we strengthen accountability at every level, from the secretary of state and parliament to NHS bodies that are part of local systems. The last nine months in particular have highlighted the need to build public trust in NHS procurement with due process and transparency about funding.”

NHS England’s document says that all parts of England will require to have an ICS in place, with the systems expected to receive a statutory footing from 2022, alongside other legislative proposals.

It is hoped that more collaboration will enable the NHS and local authorities to make better use of their resources and funding to holistically meet people’s care needs.

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