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Mental Health in Integrated Care Systems 

The London Mental Health in Integrated Care Systems (MHICS) programme is a London-wide programme that strives to make the case for, and to understand the value of, mental health as part of integrated care systems development.

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health sets out the need for strong leadership and collaborative working between providers and commissioners. This will promote the development and implementation of new payment approaches that are evidence based, support access to care that meets patients’ needs, and deliver outcomes aligned with local population values.

Through the programme, we want to achieve the following:

  • Parity of esteem – we want to have the same level of understanding of mental health as we do with physical health.
  • Clinicians to be better informed on the outcomes from the care they provide
  • Commissioning to be based on greater understanding of mental health population needs
  • Good practice examples and resources shared at a pan London and STP level
  • Increased readiness for mental health in integrated care systems
  • Improved consistency and sustainability, and reduced variation

This programme is sponsored by a Trust Chief Executive (West London Mental Health Trust) and a CCG Chief Officer (Kingston and Richmond CCG, SWL Senior Responsible Officer) and provides leadership at a London level to ensure providers and commissioners have a collaborative approach to improve mental health service delivery and payment systems.


Follow the link for more information on the London Mental Health in Integrated Care Systems programme work priorities in 2017-18 and 2018-19, including programme deliverables.

For more information on Mental Health in Integrated Care Systems, please contact the Mental Health Transformation Team on

Further reading

Visit NHS England’s website for:

Visit NHS improvement for guides to different payment mechanisms developed by NHS England and NHS Improvement, including the clustering booklet:

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