With effect from 1 April 2023, NHS Lincolnshire ICB will take on delegated responsibility from NHS England for the commissioning of Primary Care Pharmaceutical Services, Primary Ophthalmic Services and Primary and Community Dental Services. This is in addition to GP services which are already delegated to the ICB.
This means that all primary care commissioning will sit with ICBs, providing a key enabler to our ambitions to better support integrated care and improved population health by joining up care pathways in order to plan and deliver better health and care for local populations.
The responsibility for planning, performance, finance, quality and service improvement will transfer from NHS England to ICBs upon delegation. NHS England will continue to have oversight and will set standards and service specifications for the services and the ICBs will commission services within the existing national contractual frameworks and regulations.
The aim is to achieve better health for everyone, better care for all patients, efficient use of NHS resources locally, and support broader social and economic development.
The services themselves will see no change from 1 April and people should continue to access primary care services as normal.