The Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board (BOB ICB) was formally established as a new statutory body on 1 July 2022, replacing the three clinical commissioning groups.
The BOB Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) – whose statutory members are the ICB and the five upper tier local authorities – plan and provide health and care services for nearly two million people who live and work in the local authority areas of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire’s three westerly local authority areas of West Berkshire, Reading and Wokingham (known as ‘Berkshire West’).
The BOB ICP is developing an overall strategy that builds on the current joint local health and wellbeing strategies. This strategy is being developed through local consultation and more information is available here. The BOB ICP strategy will set the direction for our health and care system, linking with local plans, to meet the health and wellbeing needs of people who live in the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West area. It will set out how we can improve health and care outcomes for our population through stronger partnership working between the NHS, our local authorities and other providers and it will inform the ICB, local authorities, NHS trusts and NHS England which will fund and deliver health and care services.
Patients and the public will continue to access care and services in exactly the same way as before but these changes will increase the integration of health and care services, building on the many great examples of partnership working and providing more joined up care.
Across the BOB Integrated Care System (ICS), we plan and provide joined up health and care services through the NHS, local authorities and third sector organisations to:
- improve the health and wellbeing of people in our area
- tackle health inequalities
- improve productivity and
- support broader social and economic development.
By collaborating across the ICS, we help health and care organisations tackle complex challenges, including:
- improving the health of children and young people
- supporting people to stay well and independent
- acting sooner to help those with preventable conditions
- supporting those with long-term conditions or mental health issues
- caring for those with multiple needs as populations age
- getting the best from collective resources so people get care as quickly as possible.