Health services across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire West have merged into a new NHS Integrated Care Board (BOB ICB) to replace the now-dissolved NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.
The BOB ICB will bring together GP teams, hospitals, local authorities, the voluntary sector and other partners to plan and deliver health and care services for more than 1.9 million people across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West.
“Today is a milestone for the NHS,” said Javed Khan, chairman of BOB ICB.
“We can now create a fully integrated care system across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West, so that people can get the care and support they need, joined up across local councils, the NHS, the voluntary sector and other partners.”
Dr James Kent, Chief Executive, BOB ICB, said: “The collaborative working between the NHS and local authorities has strengthened over recent years and as part of our collective pandemic response.
“The creation of the integrated care system gives us a great opportunity to build on that collaborative working for the benefit of the population we serve.”
All you need to know about the NHS structure changes in Oxfordshire
The NHS has reorganised Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) into larger Integrated Care Systems (ICS) with the general function of arranging for the provision of health services.
The NHS Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board covers the following areas:
- County of Buckinghamshire (excluding lower super output areas E01017695, E01017696, E01017669, E01017670);
- Oxfordshire County Council (District of Cherwell, City of Oxford, District of South Oxfordshire, District of Vale of White Horse (excluding lower super output areas E01028745, E01028746, E01028747, E01028748, and the District of West Oxfordshire);
- Borough of Reading,
- District of West Berkshire
- Borough of Wokingham.
The ICB is a statutory body and is composed of the following members
- Chief Executive
- One Partner member NHS and Foundation Trusts
- One Partner member primary medical services
- One Partner member Local Authorities
- Five Non-executive members
- Chief Finance Officer
- Chief Medical Officer
- Chief Nursing Officer
- One member for mental health