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Frimley Health and Care Partnership to nationally lead on health and care reform

On Thursday/yesterday the Frimley Health and Care Partnership was named as one of nine national partnerships given the green light to fast-track health and care improvements for its local population.

Speaking at the NHS Confederation in Liverpool, Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, said: “As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday, we now embark on the biggest national move to integrating care of any major western country. For patients this means better joined up services in place of what has often been a fragmented system that passes people from pillar to post.”

Eight 'accountable care systems' (ACSs) across the country are bringing together local NHS organisations, often in partnership with social care services and the voluntary sector. They build on the learning and early results from NHS England's new care model 'vanguards', which are slowing emergency hospitalisations growth by up to two thirds compared with other less integrated parts of the country.  

The ACSs will also lead the way in taking more control over funding available to support transformation programmes – with the combined indicative potential to control around £450m of funding over the next four years – matched by accountability for improving the health and wellbeing of the populations they cover. NHS national bodies will provide these areas with more freedom to make decisions over how the health system in their area operates.

The eight accountable care systems are:

  • Frimley Health and Care, covering parts of Surrey, North East Hampshire and East Berkshire
  • South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw, covering Barnsley, Bassetlew, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield
  • Nottinghamshire, with an early focus on Greater Nottingham and Rushcliffe
  • Blackpool & Fylde Coast with the potential to spread to other parts of the Lancashire and South Cumbria at a later stage
  • Dorset
  • Luton, with Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire
  • Berkshire West, covering Reading, Newbury and Wokingham
  • Buckinghamshire

In addition, it is expected that West, North and East Cumbria and Northumberland could join the group of accountable care systems later in the year.

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