Digital ICS

The Digital ICS programme is a free support offer designed to support all integrated care board (ICB) and integrated care system (ICS) leaders to better harness digital transformation to enable delivery of system ambitions.

Delivered by NHS Providers in partnership with the NHS Confederation and Public Digital, and supported by NHS England as part of their NHS Digital Academy, the programme gives ICB and ICS leaders access to digital transformation experts, peer learning and expert facilitation. The programme is an extension of the NHS Providers’ Digital Boards programme for NHS trust leaders.

Digital transformation is a fundamental enabler in achieving the four core purposes of ICSs and therefore it is critical that all system leaders understand their role in driving the digital agenda. All ICSs are different in their design and we take a highly bespoke approach to this programme so that we can provide appropriate and tailored support to each individual system.


ICSs that take advantage of our programme are supported to:

  • build the understanding, confidence and capability of ICS leaders to drive the digital agenda
  • develop stronger collective ownership and awareness of the role digital transformation plays as a critical enabler of achieving the four core purposes of ICSs. 


In the first year of programme delivery, we have engaged 89% of ICSs through our bespoke development support, peer learning and insights sharing.


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