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07 Dec 2023

Event round-up: What can we learn from Integrated Care Boards' five-year forward plans?

Catch up on our briefing with WA Communications who presented their digital map of the five-year forward plans of 40 Integrated Care Systems!

techUK was pleased to welcome Alice Inch, Director, and Erlandas Kazak, Senior Account Executive from WA Communications to an industry briefing on 6 December.  

Alice and Erlandas presented WA Communications’ digital map which comprises an in-depth analysis of every five-year forward plan for 40 of 42 Integrated Care Boards (ICBs). The map analyses 27 focus areas including different diseases (such as mental health, oncology, cardiovascular disease and diabetes) and cost-cutting priorities (such as digital and data, social care and workforce) to understand the level of prioritisation an ICB has given to each topic.  

Erlandas summarised findings from digital and data deep-dive, including:  

  • Digital and data is a nationwide priority, and with regional strategic alignment in many areas 

  • Several ICBs plan to publish standalone digital strategies, including Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes; Herefordshire and Worcestershire; Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Gloucestershire 

  • There is a huge breadth of types of technology which ICBs examine, such as Electronic Patient Records, cloud software and remote monitoring tools.  

  • Challenges to innovation included lack of reliable infrastructure, scaling pilots, funding challenges and training staff to use new technologies.  

Click here to view the slides from the session. 



Common themes across the 40 ICB plans were often linked to national priorities, including:  

  • 90% of plans dedicate a whole section to cancer  

  • 65% of plans dedicate a whole section to cardiovascular disease 

  • Health inequalities feature in 98% of plans 

Alice also highlighted trends across Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) in terms of their strategic approach, with some ICSs working across multi-ICB structures regionally. There is strong recognition of the potential of digital, but variation remains, and the anticipated General Election in 2024 will undoubtedly impact the strategies set by ICSs.  

The Q&A discussion covered a variety of topics including:  

  • Prevention and digital inclusion

  • Plans to review the data map going forwards

  • Waiting lists

  • Artificial intelligence  


Alex Lawrence

Alex Lawrence

Head of Health and Social Care, techUK

Robert Walker

Robert Walker

Programme Manager, Health and Social Care & Justice and Emergency Services, techUK

Clara Hewitt

Clara Hewitt

Programme Manager, Health and Social Care, techUK

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