Integrated Care Systems (ICS) what will be in place from April 2022 for Hants and Isle of Wight area

From April 2022 there will be an Integrated Care System (ICS) for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight area (which includes the city of Portsmouth).    The ICS exists in shadow form as it develops all the systems to be in place ready for 1st April 2022.   Portsmouth City Council and Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group are working with the shadow Hampshire and Isle of Wight ICS (HIOW ICS) to plan the future of health and care provision.  More information about the detail for Portsmouth City and the updated Portsmouth Blueprint (for health and care) will be available later in the year.  In the meantime you may be interested to read what the Kings Fund have developed as an explanation of what will be in place from April 2022 across England:

Integrated care systems

The statutory ICS will be made up of two key bodies – an integrated care board (ICB) and integrated care partnership (ICP).

Integrated care boards

Integrated care board (ICBs) will take on the NHS planning functions previously held by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and are likely to absorb some planning roles from NHS England. ICBs will have their own leadership teams, which will include a chair and chief executive, and will […]

20 October, 2021|

GP practice staff survey – what’s it like working there?

GP practice staff invited to share views 

Healthwatch is the independent champion for people who use health and social care services. We listen to people’s experiences of these services and make sure NHS leaders and other decision makers use this feedback to improve care.

This autumn, local Healthwatch from across the south of England are working together on a project looking at access to GP practices.

Part of this work will be to gather feedback from GP practice staff to understand:

–  How their role has changed during the Covid-19 pandemic,

–  What practices do well and

– What challenges they face.

If you work in a GP practice, please share your experiences in our 10 minute survey:

All feedback is anonymous, so we can safely share our learning with local people, commissioners and primary care providers. This will help us develop resources to support practices and the public in the future.

This survey has been developed in partnership with GP practice staff across the south of England.

Find out more about Healthwatch at


18 October, 2021|

Seeking new COVID vaccine study recruits

Portsmouth Research Hub is recruiting new participants for COVID research!

Portsmouth Research Hub are opening a new vaccine study and they’re looking for participants who have had both doses of COVID vaccine. More information can be found below:

Are you aged 18-years-old or over and received your second COVID vaccination?

Would you like to help in the research to fight COVID-19 by participating in a clinical trial? We are studying a booster vaccination of new vaccine in adults who have received a licensed COVID-19 vaccine in the past. If you are interested, you will find more information here:

The study opens on Wednesday 6th October and you can book an appointment at a time to suit you.   Visit the webpage to book.


12 October, 2021|

World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2021 – Take the Mind Plan Quiz

World Mental Health Day is on 10th October 202.

The new Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) launched the Better Health-Every Mind Matters campaign to support the nation’s mental wellbeing. The campaign heroes the little things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing and how they can make a big difference; helping us to lead happier, healthier lives and cope with life’s challenges.

Take the free, NHS endorsed Mind Plan quiz.

By answering five simple questions, adults will get a personalised mental health action plan with simple, practical tips to help them deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better and show ‘there are little things we can all do to look after our mental health.

8 October, 2021|

COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations information – October 2021

Here is information about the COVID-19 vaccination booster programme issued by the NHS

COVID-19 booster programme (

We have received the following information from Solent NHS Trust who will be providing booster jabs for Portsmouth:

Solent NHS Trust will be offering the booster jab at St James’ Hospital.  Those contacted by the NHS can book an appointment at St James’ via 119 or the national booking website.

The booster vaccine will be offered through a range of services:

  • primary care teams will vaccinate care home staff and residents
  • health and social care staff will be directed to book their appointments through employers
  • members of the public will be invited to get their booster through a GP-led service and/or be contacted by the NHS to book through the national COVID-19 vaccination booking service to get their vaccination in a designated pharmacy, vaccination centre or GP-led service.
7 October, 2021|

COVID-19 Vaccination Drop-in, St James’ Hospital Portsmouth – October update

October COVID-19 vaccine drop-ins:

at St James’ Hospital Portsmouth, Locksway Rd, Portsmouth,  PO4 8LD

From 1st October the COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be open for booked appointments and walk-ins as follows:

Open to anyone over 16 years of age for first dose vaccinations, and second dose vaccinations for Astra Zeneca if it has been at least eight weeks since the first dose.

  • Monday: 8am – 3pm
  • Tuesday: 8am – 3pm
  • Wednesday: 8am – 3pm
  • Thursday: 1pm – 8pm
  • Friday: 1pm – 8pm
  • Saturday: 8am – 8pm
  • Sunday: 8am – 8pm
7 October, 2021|