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?