The Health and Care Bill was introduced to Parliament in July 2021 and will place Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) on a statutory footing. ICSs are the structures through which NHS organisations, in partnership with local authorities, will take joint responsibility for improving the health and wellbeing of the population they serve, including children and young people.
As part of our policy work, the NNPCF are a member of the Health and Policy Influencing Group (HPIG). HPIG is leading the children’s sector’s activity on the Health and Care Bill, working with civil servants and parliamentarians to push for a greater focus on babies, children and young people in the legislation and supporting guidance.
The Government has made important commitments in Parliament that babies, children & young people will be an integral part of Health and Care Bill.
The Bill has now had its third reading, a chance to make sure the eventual law is both effective and workable.
The NNPCF welcomes the amendments tabled which include:
- A requirement for Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) to create joint forward plans that include children and young people
- Guidance that stipulates that ICBs must identify an executive lead for SEND and safeguarding and also appoint a children and young people’s executive lead
- Guidance for Integrated Care partnerships strategies to specifically consider children and young people and for them to consult with CYP leaders and families.
These provisions support some of the requirements for joint planning across local areas outlined in the SEND Green Paper.