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Call for Evidence

Terms of Reference

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  • How best can a balance be struck between allowing ICSs the flexibility and autonomy they need to achieve their statutory duties, and holding them to account for doing so?
  • What does a permissive framework for ICSs look like in practice?
  • Are central targets consistent with local autonomy in this context?
  • To what extent is there a risk that ICBs become an additional layer of bureaucracy if central targets are not          reduced as ICBs are set up?
  • What can be learned from examples of existing good practice in established ICSs?
  • What scope is there for variation between ICSs, to enable them to improve the overall health of the populations they serve and tackle inequalities?
  • How can it be ensured that quality and safety of care are at the heart of ICB priorities?
  • How best can this be done in a way that is consistent with how providers are inspected for safety and quality of care?
  • How can a focus on prevention within ICSs be ensured and maintained alongside wider pressures, such as workforce challenges and the electives backlog?