Frimley Health and Care given green light to continue

The Department for Health and Social Care has given approval for the health system covering East Berkshire, North East Hampshire, Farnham and Surrey Heath to continue to develop.

As part of the Health and Social Care Bill, Secretary of State Sajid Javid was deciding on the future shape of health and care provision, including the geographic boundaries of systems.

Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS) was one of the first systems to be created, as a Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) in 2017, and has continued to be at the forefront of health service development.

Fiona Edwards, Chief Executive of Frimley Health and Care, said: “I would like to say how pleased I am at this decision, which will allow us to build on the successes we have achieved together with all of our partners for the benefit of our local communities.

“This opportunity has been created by the strong relationships we have forged within and beyond our system, which we will continue to build on as we move forward with the next exciting stages of our development.”

She added: “We know that some partners and local people had wished to see Frimley change. We are committed to listening and responding well to all our partners, to strengthen the ways in which we work together, so we can offer the best possible services and support to every one of our residents.”

The decision means that Frimley Health and Care ICS will become a statutory organisation from April 2022. ICS partner organisations will be working together to prepare for this next stage of the process.