Today, 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.

The Frimley Health and Care Sustainability and Transformation Partnership is responsible for the health and care of the 750,000 residents of North East Hampshire and Farnham, Surrey Heath and East Berkshire.

The partnership is rapidly building upon the work which is already underway in local communities, to transform services for people by improving care and helping them to live longer, healthier lives.

Dr Andy Brooks, Chief Officer of NHS Surrey Heath CCG said:

“We warmly welcome this announcement today at Surrey Heath CCG. This new way of working pulls together councils, the NHS and community partners, making health and care services more accessible, closer to home and delivered in a more straightforward way for our local Surrey Heath population.

This is an exciting opportunity and a step on a journey to fully integrate both services. I look forward to working with our partners and our residents to provide a stronger, more rounded service.”

He added: “At Surrey Heath CCG we are passionate about the integration of health and social care. We believe that integration is the key to making a meaningful difference to our patients, residents and those working on the frontline.”

Sir Andrew Morris, chief executive of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and lead for the partnership said:

“We are very proud to have been selected nationally to be one of the leaders in transforming health and care for the community.

“The national support we will receive will help to deliver real results fast to people in the community such as taking the strain off A&E, investing in general practice so patients can be seen in a timely manner and improving access to high quality cancer and mental health services.”

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