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The NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board became a statutory organisation on 1 July 2022.

The Integrated Care Board replaced the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, which no longer exists.

Our responsibilities

The Integrated Care Board is responsible for planning the delivery of NHS services to achieve the aims of the strategy to improve the health of the population, including deciding how resources are allocated.

The Integrated Care Board initially takes on the work of the Clinical Commissioning Group which is being dissolved and some additional duties as set out in the Health and Care Act 2022. The main areas of work of the Integrated Care Board are:

  • Developing a plan for the delivery of NHS services
  • Allocating resources
  • Establishing joint working arrangements
  • Establishing system governance
  • Arranging health service provision
  • Using data and digital to improve services
  • Emergency preparedness, resilience and response
  • Delegated functions from NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • People priorities
  • Data and digital
  • Achieving social and economic development and sustainability goals
  • Maximising value for money

Read more about the Integrated Care Board, our responsibilities and about the Health and Care Partnership by reading our Welcome Pack (July 2022).

Watch our animation to find out about the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System or visit the Health and Care Partnership website.

Watch the Kings Fund video which explains how the NHS in England works and how it is changing

Integrated Care Board Membership

Membership of the Integrated Care Board includes:

  • Independent Chair – Dr Rima Makarem
  • Three independent non-executive directors
  • Four executive directors
  • Partner members

Find out more about the membership of the Board Members.

People wishing to become a Board member will need to meet certain standards. This includes passing the NHS ‘fit and proper person test’, as part of the employment standards check.

Dr Rima Makarem, Chair, makes appointment to the Board.

A person could be disqualified from Board membership if they undermine the independence of the health service. This could be due to their involvement with the private healthcare sector, although it could be for other reasons.