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NHS South Yorkshire is pleased to announce the appointment of Oliver Coppard, Mayor of South Yorkshire, as the Chair of its Integrated Care Partnership.

The Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) will bring together partners from across South Yorkshire’s local authorities, health and care service providers and the voluntary and community sectors to tackle health inequalities and improve and enhance services for everyone.

The ICP is one of the two core elements of South Yorkshire’s Integrated Care System, the other being the Integrated Care Board, known as NHS South Yorkshire, which was formed on 1 July 2022 when the four former Clinical Commissioning Groups in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield merged.

South Yorkshire’s Mayor Oliver Coppard said: “My personal ambition is for South Yorkshire to become the healthiest region in the UK. Within a generation I’m determined our health outcomes will match anywhere in the country. Better health is essential for the thriving economy and sustainable, prosperous communities we want in South Yorkshire. On average we live shorter and less healthy lives than people in some other parts of the country.

“But poor health is not inevitable, and its causes, though complex are not insurmountable. Being Chair of the Integrated Care Partnership is an exciting opportunity to improve health outcomes across South Yorkshire and I look forward to playing a key role in the important work being done to tackle health inequality, and to prioritise the health and wellbeing of our communities.”

Pearse Butler, Chair of NHS South Yorkshire, said: “I am delighted that Oliver has agreed to chair the Integrated Care Partnership for South Yorkshire. We want to work with all our partners to both improve health and reduce health inequalities and our ICP will play a critical role in developing our plans. We are delighted to have Oliver leading this work.”