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 System. We 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.

As part of December’s meetings we updated on the Fairer Futures Fund (at that point), had discussions around Cost of Living and Health, shared the VCFSE Dynamic Network ‘Priorities and Conditions of Success’ for feedback, had a presentation from Our Future Health on the new health research programme, and looked at the revised sector priorities in each area.

We would like to invite you to the next meetings taking place in February/March – AGENDA as follows:

  • Fairer Futures Fund – what does the fund model currently look like and how do I access it? We will be joined by the Locality Network Manager leading the FFF Working Group.
  • Community Integration – update from Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, leading the Community Integrator.
  • ICS Governance structures for Birmingham and Solihull – overview of the various structures within the Bsol Integrated Care System.
  • Updates from the VCFSE Sector
  • Any Other Business

These meetings are open to ALL voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations. To register for one of place-based meetings, please follow the links below.  All meetings will be held virtually via Zoom for 1.5 hours.

The meeting dates & joining instructions for the virtual place-based sessions are as follows:


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.