Integrated care systems and provider collaboratives: a new era for NHS services

We work with various organisations to plan and deliver joined up healthcare and social services.

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Integrated care systems (ICSs) are organisations coming together to plan and deliver joined up healthcare and social services. Improving the lives of individuals who live and work in areas around the country.

Priory aims to support ICSs to:

  • Improve population health and healthcare
  • Tackle unequal access, experience and outcomes
  • Enhance productivity and value for money
  • Support broader social and economic development

Within the integrated care system, integrated care boards (ICBs) are responsible for the overarching management and will focus on:

  • Meeting the health needs of the population
  • Managing the regional NHS budget
  • Arranging for the provision of health services across 42 ICB regions within England


Priory's relationships

Priory is in a unique position in that we can deliver the whole health and social care pathway for an individual, from an acute inpatient episode to the community, providing continuity of care and positive transitions between settings. Our approach is in line with the NHS 10-year plan, which focuses on reducing inpatient beds and caring for a greater number of people within their local community.

Our teams know the people we support well, which allows us to find the right community setting for their needs. We begin planning for each person's ongoing care from the moment they are admitted to our services, so they can be cared for in the community as quickly as possible.

When hospital placements are not close to an individual’s home, we are now better placed to create pathways for them through our various NHS partnerships, so that they can be cared for closer to home when they return to the community. Should an individual relapse within the community and need to return to hospital, we are in a position to care for them until they are ready for community living once again.

Bespoke therapeutic placements

At Priory, we have also created bespoke therapeutic placements (BTPs), which mean people who are autistic or have a learning disability, and have complex needs, can live in environments designed to their individual’s needs, which mirrors community living as closely as possible.

Provider collaboratives

Provider collaboratives are partnership arrangements involving at least two partners working at scale across multiple places, with a shared purpose and effective decision-making arrangements, to:

  • Reduce unwarranted variation and inequality in health outcomes, access to services and experience
  • Improve resilience by, for example, providing mutual aid
  • Ensure that specialisation and consolidation occur where this will provide
  • Better outcomes and value

The aim of an NHS-led provider collaborative is to ensure that those who need specialist mental health care, receive high quality and individualised care, as close to home as appropriately possible, connecting with local teams and their support networks.

At present, Priory partners with 22 provider collaboratives across England, which include:


As a provider of young people’s inpatient services, we aim to meet a young person's mental health needs safely and effectively, in the least restrictive environment. We do this whilst maintaining their privacy; dignity; sense of self, and relationships with those close to them.

Our inpatient provision is offered to young people aged between 12 and 18 years. Under special circumstances, we are able to provide inpatient support for young people from the age of 10, and we try to do so as close to the young person’s home to allow for easier transition back into the community.

The list below presents all our Partners, within various provider collaboratives for our child and adolescent mental health services. It also states each specific site within these grouping.

Eating disorder services

As one of the UK's largest independent providers of eating disorder services, we offer inpatient services across England and Scotland. We work collaboratively with the NHS and the provider collaboratives in different regions, to ensure care is closer to home and a continuity of treatment for an individual.

Eating disorders are treatable and over the years we have helped thousands of people move towards recovery and to lead fulfilling lives. At Priory, we pride ourselves on offering quality, personalised treatment for every service user in our care.

The list below presents all the NHS collaboratives we partner within, for our adult eating disorder mental health services. It also provides detail on each specific site.

Secure services

At Priory we provide low and medium secure services for people with complex mental health needs. We model our service provision on the NHS secure service specification, ensuring the people we support are given the highest quality of care to enable quick and smooth transitions from secure care into our community services, wherever possible. We provide these services alongside the regional provider collaboratives to ensure the best quality of care is received.

Within Priory’s secure services, we deliver clinically effective, evidence-based treatment programmes, providing both psychological and physical security. We recognise the importance of an individual pathway, designed to provide a safe but supportive and structured environment. Our experienced multidisciplinary teams work collaboratively with individuals, collaboratives and commissioners to ensure that every service user receives access to the highest quality of care, when they need it most.

The list below presents all our partners, within various provider collaboratives for our secure mental health services. It also states each specific site within this grouping.

Protecting all our patients within our secure services is at the forefront of our minds and we ensure safeguarding best practice is followed to the highest possible degree. We strive to maintain a transparent and open culture where everyone feels safe and able to share any issues.

Robust care pathways

With our hospital and community-based services being both part of Priory, transitions between our services are smoother and more successful. Each individual that we support has a bespoke transition plan, and this personalised approach ensures that whether stepping up or stepping down, people receive the specialist support that they need.

We deliver person-centred care that is carefully tailored to the needs of each person and consistently achieves the best possible outcomes. Our programmes integrate healthcare, therapy, specialist residential and supported community living, and are tailored according to individual needs.

Priory also have an assessment and transition director who plans and oversees all complex placements, in addition to specialists in areas including autism, learning disability and positive behaviour support. Our extensive experience and expertise means that we offer stability and success for those we support.

By supporting people moving from hospital to live more independently, as well as those who are stepping down to a hospital setting, we reduce the likelihood of placement breakdown. Our aim is that people are supported to live the life that they choose in their own homes, in the community.

There are key principles, which underpin the provider collaborative model. These are shown below:

ics collaborative principles

Each provider collaborative is led by an NHS Trust and they are delegated responsibilities from NHS England, which they used to hold. Lead providers are now responsible for the budget for a region, clinical oversight for hospitals and wards, governance, delivering joint objectives, which have agreed between the partners, the principles as mentioned above, and quality assurance.

As a partner of collaboratives, we are proud to help meet the key objectives and shape regional care, within specialised mental health services.

ics collaborative objectives

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