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Draft constitution of the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board

Following a series of multisectoral engagement events throughout the summer, and then meetings of a Joint Management Executive Group of senior executives from the NHS and local authorities in October and November, we have drafted and are now sharing more widely, for views and comments, our draft constitution for the new Integrated Care Board (ICB)

One of the national requirements on us is to develop a draft constitution, which must be proposed by the governing bodies of each of our clinical commissioning groups, before it is then submitted to NHS England for approval in December 2021. 

Although parts of the constitution are prescribed nationally and not subject to change, we wish to hear from our partners – and others interested in the work of the ICB – on any aspect of our draft constitution. 

Although we are required to submit an advanced draft to NHS England by the 3 December, we will keep this document under review prior to formal adoption by the ICB when, as expected, it assumes statutory status from April 2022 onwards.

With the Health and Care Bill now going through Parliament, it is expected that from 1 April 2022 the NHS North East and North Cumbria ICB will take over the responsibilities currently held by our eight Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). 

The Integrated Care Board’s role will encompass a wide range of functions including promoting greater synergy and integration of health and care services, improving people’s health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities.

The ICB will also allocate and maintain good stewardship of approximately £6 billion of NHS funding for the North East and North Cumbria. It will ensure that high quality, safe health services are accessible to all our communities.  It will foster, facilitate, and sustain partnerships of hospitals, community service providers, primary care, local councils, hospices, voluntary community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations and Healthwatch partners in all thirteen of our local authority areas: County Durham, Darlington, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Cumbria, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton-on-Tees, and Sunderland.

You can view the draft constitution here.

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