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Engaging social care providers as key strategic partners in integrated care systems: new learning network established

15 December 2022

The new arrangements for Integrated Care Systems offer a real opportunity to meaningfully include adult social care providers as key strategic partners. 

As every area of England seeks to establish their own arrangements, the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) and NHS England are convening a new learning network which will host a series of online sessions exploring emerging practice and innovative models of partnerships working.

To launch the network, a learning summit will be held on 26 January 2023, with a focus on developing strategic models of engagement with adult social care providers. 

Speaking about the new network, CPA Chair, Nadra Ahmed, explains:

“Social care providers can bring knowledge, insights and skills to the emerging integrated care systems – if they are engaged as genuinely strategic partners – not simply as the providers of services under a contract. This new learning network will enable us to share ideas and experiences, and to ensure that all care providers are included – from residential and home care, to supported living and community-based services.

“The Care Provider Alliance and NHS England plan to continue to work together to showcase emerging good practice and innovative models of partnership working.”

The online learning summit on 26 January is open to senior strategic leaders involved in decision making about ICS arrangements. Book online here.

As this will be the first in a series of learning network sessions, the session will also consider topics for future, more focused, thematic sessions which may include: digital transformation and data sharing; workforce recruitment, retention and development; and developing and commissioning specialist services. 

Notes to Editors§

About Integrated Care Systems§

Integrated care systems (ICSs) are partnerships of organisations that come together to plan and deliver joined up health and care services, and to improve the lives of people who live and work in their area.

42 ICSs were established across England on a statutory basis on 1 July 2022.

Find out more about integrated care systems on NHS England website.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Local Government Association (LGA) and NHSE, in partnership with the Care Provider Alliance, set out a series of advisory principles for ICPs and ASC providers to guide their work together. See Expected ways of working between integrated care partnerships and adult social care providers (2022)

The Care Provider Alliance has also published Adult Social Care Provider Partnerships In Integrated Care Systems A guide for adult social care providers on ICSs and opportunities for partnership working (2022)

About the CPA§

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) brings together the 11 main national associations which represent independent and voluntary adult social care providers in England. We work to represent the sector and ensure a coordinated response to the major issues that affect it.

The Care Provider Alliance is an informal body with a rotating chair. Membership is of the representative associations with a national membership across the whole of England. However, some CPA members also represent services in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Together our members provide care and support to 1.2 million people through residential, home-based and community services, whether commissioned by local authorities and the NHS or privately purchased. Together our members employ over 620,000 care workers.

Our members’ services include residential and nursing care, homecare, supported living and extra care housing, shared lives schemes, advocacy and telephone helplines. They support children, adults of working age and older people.

For more information on the Care Provider Alliance visit

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