Health and Care Partnerships (HCPs)

Health and Care Partnerships (HCPs) bring together health, social care and voluntary sector organisations across smaller areas of our integrated care system (ICS) to work as one. 

These partnerships have been developing since 2019 and will continue to evolve and undertake more responsibilities over the next few years. They play a fundamental role in the way health and care is provided for our communities living Hertfordshire and west Essex. 

Whilst they aren’t statutory like the ICS and ICB, HCPs are responsible for leading the detailed design and delivery of joined-up services across their communities. This means linking services together to ensure people can get the care they need in the right place and at the right time. They are also transforming services to improve people’s health and wellbeing. 

There are three of these partnerships in Hertfordshire and West Essex ICS:

Each shares a well-established local area and includes a major hospital.

In addition to these three partnerships, Hertfordshire has a Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Health and Care Partnership.