BVSC are working with Warwickshire & Solihull Community and Voluntary Action (CAVA) and NHS Birmingham and Solihull on the programme of embedding the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector into Birmingham and Solihull’s Integrated Care System (ICS) 

On the 1st July 2022 Integrated Care Systems (ICS) were launched across the UK.  The ICS that covers Birmingham and Solihull is officially entitled Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care SystemWe have provided a summary of developments and key updates in these slides along with progress of the VCFSE Leadership Alliance (Dynamic Network) – the single point of contact into the health and care system.

In previous meetings we have had really insightful discussions and explored: the landscape and priorities of the VCFSE sector in each place, the role, function and aims of the VCFSE Leadership Alliance (Dynamic Network), ICS Developments and Neighbourhood Integration.

The revised dates for the virtual place-based sessions are as follows:

  • Erdington & Sutton Coldfield: Monday 10th October, 10am-12pm
  • Ladywood & Perry Barr: Monday 10th October, 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Hodge Hill & Yardley: Tuesday 11th October, 12:00pm-2:00pm
  • Hall Green & Selly Oak: Wednesday 12th October, 10am-12pm
  • Edgbaston & Northfield: Friday 14th October, 10am-12pm

These sessions will be taking place virtually via Microsoft Teams. Information about how to register for the events will be published soon.

What are Integrated Care Systems: 

  • Integrated care systems (ICSs) are geographically-based partnerships between the organisations that meet health and care needs across an area, to coordinate services and to plan in a way that improves population health and reduces inequalities between different groups.
  • They are part of a fundamental shift in the way the health and care system is organised, away from competition and organisational autonomy and towards collaboration.

NHS England and NHS Improvement created a helpful video ( This video, with subtitles, explains more about the aims and ambitions of Integrated Care Systems. One of the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is that people need support which is joined up across local councils, the NHS and voluntary and community organisations. This video explains how Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) embed this collaboration, helping local services to respond to the challenges of the pandemic and beyond. We want to make ICSs as strong and effective as possible in every part of England, with partnership working with the ambition to tackle health inequalities, help communities thrive and achieve the very best for everyone.

There is a helpful publication on the Kings Fund website: Integrated care systems explained: making sense of systems, places and neighbourhood.