Digital ICS

The Digital ICS programme is a free support offer for integrated care boards (ICBs) and integrated care system (ICS) leaders. It is delivered by NHS Providers in partnership with the NHS Confederation and Public Digital, and is supported by NHS England as a part of their NHS Digital Academy. The programme is an extension of our existing Digital Boards programme and is designed to support ICS leaders seize the digital opportunity and deliver their system ambitions.

Digital transformation is a fundamental enabler in delivering the four core purposes of ICBs:

  • Improving population health and healthcare
  • tackling unequal outcomes and access
  • enhancing productivity and value for money
  • helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

ICS leaders must therefore have an understanding of how to harness new digital opportunities.

The offer includes:

  • Free board development sessions – bespoke agendas will be co-designed with ICBs to meet the specific digital needs of the system and enable the ICB to reflect on how digital can support delivery of the core strategic purposes of the ICS
  • Peer learning events – our events will give system leaders the opportunity to hear from peers across health and care and other sectors, share best practice, explore the art of the possible and learn key factors for successful digital transformation
  • Resources and insight reports – our quarterly insight reports will share learning and emerging good practice from across the sector.


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The Digital ICS board workshop helped us align what we mean by digital and how it is an enabler for our broader priorities. It was pitched at just the right level for an audience of differing backgrounds and experiences and we are now discussing how we take this forward in a second session.

Cedi Frederick    Chair, Kent and Medway NHS Integrated Care Board

Upcoming events:

How can ICB chairs and non-executive directors best add value to the digital agenda?

Join our virtual roundtable on Tuesday 19 September 12-1pm to discuss how chairs and non-executive directors sitting on integrated care boards can best add value to their system’s digital transformation programmes.

We welcome leaders from all backgrounds, not just digital leaders; our discussion will focus on the role of the unitary board and collective board leadership. We expect to explore:

  • What are the right questions chairs and non executives can be asking of digital programmes? 
  • What levers do boards have, and how can chairs and non-executives identify these within their own system? 
  • What are the digital challenges ICSs face, and how can chairs and NEDs support boards to overcome these?

Find out more and book here.

Contact us

Contact the Digital ICS team to find out more about how these offers can support you and your board.

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