Integrated Care Provider Directions

Closed 7 Dec 2018

Opened 11 Oct 2018


As we live longer and more of us develop complex and/or long term medical conditions, it is increasingly important that providers of NHS services work together with each other and providers of social care and public health services to ensure we get the support we need to stay well.

In some areas, commissioners are looking to strength the integration of care by bringing together a range of health and care services under a single contract, with the provider of those services becoming - for the purposes of that contract - an 'Integrated Care Provider' (ICP) responsible for the delivery and coordination of quality care and improved health outcomes for a defined population.

In this consultation, the government is seeking views on draft directions describing the mandatory requirements on providers of GP services who choose to participate in a new integrated care provider (ICP) contract.

This consultation is aimed at GPs and others involved in the provision of primary medical services. It sets out the draft directions for those providing primary care as part of an ICP and asks for written responses to the following questions:

  • Do you think that the proposed Directions allow primary medical services to be commissioned effectively under an ICP Contract?
  • Do you think that the mandatory terms, included in the Directions, are sufficient?
  • Are any additional terms needed to ensure the effective commissioning of primary medical services through an ICP Contract?
  • Do you have any comments about the impact the Directions may have on people sharing relevant protected characteristics as listed in the Equality Act 2010?
  • Are there any additional comments you wish to provide with regard to the proposed requirements of the Directions or the Directions more generally?

What Happens Next

Following the conclusion of this consultation, the Department will review all responses to the consultation and decide what changes, if any, need to be made to make the Directions fit for purpose. There willl then be a need review and confirm next steps on the basis of the responses to the consultation and the responses to the NHS England consultation on the draft Integrated Care Provider Contract.


  • Anyone from any background


  • Primary care