Following the fantastic success of the first phase of our collaborative learning programme for Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), Pathway are pleased to announce that the second phase will kick off on Friday 22 March with an all-day in-person session at Crisis London Skylight Centre.   

ICSs are a great opportunity to address the longstanding health inequalities faced by vulnerable groups and meet the ambitions of Core20Plus5 and the NHS England Inclusion Health framework. Through a partnership with Groundswell and NHS England, we will work with this new cohort to explore these opportunities to achieve health equality, what needs to change, and the delivery and strategy activities needed. Lived experience voices will again play a big part in this learning journey, along with expert speakers from across the health and social care spheres.   

Participating ICSs this time round are Surrey Heartlands, West Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Black Country, Cheshire and Merseyside, Birmingham and Solihull, and Kent and Medway. Suffice to say, we can’t wait to start getting to know them and set about expanding our network of system leaders looking to move the dial on inclusion health.   

We would also like to say a huge thank you to all those that expressed an interest in taking part in this phase of the programme. The demand was such that 50% of the ICS in the country applied to take part, with spaces unfortunately limited to seven on this occasion.  

We look forward to sharing more details of the learning from this second round of sessions in due course. In the meantime, you can catch up with the learning from the first phase by downloading our ground-breaking report Beyond Pockets of Excellence: Inegrated Systems for Inclusion Health.   

And if not already a member, you can sign up for the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health – including our sub-group dedicated to System Leaders and Managers – here or by emailing  

Beth Kirby, Inclusion Health Programme Manager, West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (an Integrated Care System) said:

“In West Yorkshire we are delighted to be invited, alongside peer ICSs, to collaborate, learn and inspire action for inclusion health. This programme is an opportunity to explore some of our big questions in this space – what the role of scale and place is, how we can bring parity across the system, and how to balance necessary specialism with equipped mainstream provision. We are particularly excited to work with people with lived experience as part of this journey.” 

Alex Bax, Chief Executive of Pathway, said:

“We have already seen from the first phase of this programme how much excellent practice exists out there, and how keen leaders across the system are to tackle the unacceptable health inequalities faced by some of our most vulnerable and excluded populations. It has been hugely gratifying to see the interest in joining this second cohort, in what amounts to a clear demonstration of the growing momentum of this movement for change”.  

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Beyond Pockets of Excellence: Integrated Care Systems for Inclusion Health