Consultation on contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs)

Closes 26 Oct 2018

Opened 3 Aug 2018


NHS England has now launched a 12 week consultation on the contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs). We are keen to receive feedback.

The consultation period runs from 3 August to 26 October 2018

The consultation provides more detail about how the proposed ICP Contract would underpin integration between services, how it differs from existing NHS contracts, and how ICPs fit into the broader commissioning system. There is widespread support for ending the fragmented way that care has been provided to improve services for patients and the NHS has been working towards this in a number of ways.

ICPs are one of these ways, and are intended to allow health and care organisations to be funded to provide services for a local population in a coordinated way. Following two recent Judicial Reviews which were dismissed, the High Court has twice now ruled that this proposed contractual approach to developing integrated care is lawful; and in a recent report Parliament’s cross-party Health and Social Care Select Committee said ICPs were part of a ‘pragmatic response’ to pressures in the system.

The previous iteration of this contract was referred to as the draft Accountable Care Organisation Contract. The term Integrated Care Provider is in recognition that, as reported by the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee, previous use of the term ‘accountable care’ has generated unwarranted misunderstanding about what is being proposed – which is a move to more integrated care.

The consultation document and supporting package of materials are available below:

You can respond by

Online survey: the online survey can be accessed by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

Post: Alternatively, if you can’t respond online you can post your response(s) to ICP Consultation Team, Area 3D NHS England ǀ Skipton House, 80 London Road, London SE1 6LH.

If you have any questions or other enquiries about the consultation, please get in touch


NHS England will also convene a number of engagement events during the consultation period to provide further opportunities for stakeholders to share their views.

In support of the consultation, we will be holding four engagement events in different locations across the country. To register your interest:

Give Us Your Views


  • Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
  • Commissioning support units (CSUs)
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Health Education England
  • Local Government Association
  • Monitor
  • Health and Wellbeing boards
  • Healthwatch (national and local)
  • NHS Trust Development Authority
  • Regional directors
  • Voluntary groups
  • Community groups
  • Charities
  • Advocacy or support organisations
  • DH third sector strategic partners
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Academic/professional institutions
  • Employer representatives
  • Employee representatives
  • Royal Colleges
  • Service providers
  • Local authorities
  • Social care providers
  • Patients
  • Carers
  • Service users


  • Patient and public voice
  • Equality and diversity
  • Integrated care
  • Commissioning