Publication of Shared Outcomes Toolkit for Integrated Care Systems

Department of Health and Social Care written statement – made at on 23 October 2023.

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Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Shared outcomes in health and care are a powerful tool for driving integration in Integrated Care Systems. As shared priorities, they bring organisations together to deliver on a common purpose for the people they serve. This is why shared outcomes were an important part of our integration white paper (IWP), Joining up Care for People, Places and Populations, which outlined opportunities to progress further on the integration of health and social care.

Since the IWP was published, we have seen good progress in places developing local shared outcomes focused on addressing the needs of their populations and with a focus on health improvement. We have heard a consistent message from stakeholders that place leaders should have autonomy to select local outcomes that are appropriate to the needs of their populations, whilst also complementing national priorities. Our approach to supporting the development of shared outcomes reflects this feedback.

I am therefore pleased to update the House that we have published the shared outcomes toolkit.

Just as the Government has provided the NHS with a more focussed set of priorities in the mandate published in 2023, we are supporting places through this toolkit to develop local outcomes and priorities that are as impactful as possible for local people. The publication of the shared outcomes toolkit also meets recommendations made in the Hewitt Review and the Health and Social Care Select Committee hearing report into integrated care systems (ICSs), both of which recommended that Government publish the shared outcomes framework as soon as possible.

This toolkit shares the learning from places that are further on in their development of shared outcomes, and includes case studies, examples of good practice, and suggestions for overcoming challenges. It is designed to be a resource to support places in developing shared outcomes, and recognising that places will be at different levels of maturity.

With the support this toolkit offers, we expect all places in each ICS will be able to evidence the work they are doing towards developing shared outcomes by March 2024. Going forward, shared outcomes are referenced as evidence in the Care Quality Commission (CQC) single assessment framework and this evidence may be considered as part of the CQC ICS reviews and assessments.

As places progress with their outcomes frameworks we will consider how the balance between nationally mandated and locally driven priorities is working in practice and review the commonalities that may inform the development of national shared outcomes.

The shared outcomes toolkit is available on the GOV.UK website, and copies have been deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.