The Leading Integration Peer Support Programme

NHS Providers, the Local Government Association (LGA) and NHS Confederation have joined forces to deliver a range of free, bespoke support for local health and care systems through The Leading Integration Peer Support Programme. Our support will help you strengthen your leadership and accelerate your partnership ambitions at system, place and neighbourhood levels.

It is independent 'from and of the sector' and includes peer reviews, workshops, critical friend support, mentoring and best practice sharing, all delivered by peers with extensive expertise leading health and care. Of the bespoke support delivered in the past six months, 82% said that the support has had a positive impact on the quality of relationships within the system.

The peer support offer has been invaluable in moving us forward as a group. The peer associate played a key role both for me as chair and to the success of the group with his extensive experience across local government, the NHS and other public organisations.

Chair    Barnsley Integrated Care Partnership Group

Peer-facilitated workshops

Our workshops have been designed based on feedback from health and care leaders. They are facilitated by experienced senior peers from health and local government who will tailor the session to reflect the local context and needs of the audience. We offer a range of types and styles of workshop, including 'pause and reflection' sessions to take a step back on current challenges, leadership development, gap analysis on current partnerships and action planning. 


Peer reviews

Our peer reviews are not about inspection or assurance. Rather the peer team focuses on reflection, learning, and supporting change through developing a holistic view of your system and providing support and challenge in a constructive and confidential setting.



We run a series of dissemination events throughout the year, focused on aspects of system transformation, to provide a space for all system levels and disciplines, to hear others' learning, discuss opportunities and challenges and share issues, ideas and insights. We also run bespoke sessions to disseminate learning, such as at an integrated care system (ICS) or regional level, to discuss opportunities and challenges, share learning and ideas, and/or hear from other systems.


One-to-one peer mentoring

Mentoring is a great way to explore the issues you can’t easily discuss with colleagues, to reflect on difficult decisions and to get a different perspective. As well as building on existing networks and linking systems and people with similar challenges or experience, we will also match individuals for one-to-one support. Based on the LGA's long-established model, these reviews are offered virtually, or face-to-face over one or two days, with a mix of one-to-one interviews and focus groups, examining the opportunities and challenges local partners are facing. They are delivered by a team of trained peers, including current or former NHS and local authority chief executives and senior leaders who will provide a report of observations and recommendations. We are also happy to provide follow-on support to implement actions.

“The standard of the facilitators was first class. Hugely experienced. Listened to what was needed and without being too directive or controlling shaped what was needed to engage the broad range of stakeholders we were trying to get all on the same page - no easy task!”

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS    

All of this support can take place virtually if required, and requests for peer-led support can be made and delivered at any level, whether that be system, place or locality. Funding for The Leading Integration Peer Support Programme comes from the Primary Care and System Transformation Group at NHS England and NHS Improvement. For more details or to book, please email


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