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New Models of Care update

Following a recent seminar on the New Models of Care agenda we bring you the first in a series of regular updates about the topic.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will tackle different aspects and new developments in New Models of Care to ensure you are best placed to manage the major changes on the way.

In this first update, we look at two important developments which have happened this month.

What has happened?

On 4th June NHS England published their assessment of the progress that has been made to date with the delivery of the Five Year Forward View. Two new Vanguard New Models of Care have been announced in conjunction with this report.

Expressions of interest have been called for from hospitals across England to become Vanguards in developing new ways of working together to deliver and improve their local acute services.

The acute collaboration Vanguards will be encouraged to design ways of sharing clinical and/or back office services between hospitals in networks or chains, ‘sweating’ assets more and making a fixed amount of resources go further, giving some district general hospitals a path to long term sustainability.

In addition, there will be an invitation to express an interest in becoming Urgent and Emergency Vanguards.

The new “Success Regime” will also involve actively considering how the New Care Models might form part of the solution for these areas.

In the second development, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that the Kings Fund will be developing “transformation” metrics for assessing the efficacy of commissioning by CCGs which will be based on the outcomes required by specific patient groups.

This is designed to reinforce the need for primary, secondary, community and social care to be commissioned on a truly integrated basis.

What does this mean?

These various developments all further reinforce the Government’s determination to use the New Models agenda to enforce the redesign of health services around patient needs. Hospital Trusts, GPs, local authorities and other providers of health services will need to look at how they can reconfigure the services they deliver in order to match these new commissioning arrangements.

How can I find out more?

For further information on the potential effects of these developments or to discuss any of the issues raised in this update, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Karen Andrews or Tim Care.

Please note that this briefing is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.

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