No hospital is an island

19 January 2018

NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson today welcomed a report on hospital collaboration that is improving patient care while addressing significant efficiency and workforce challenges.

Chris Hopson said: "There’s a great deal of exciting innovation going on inside the NHS, much of it being driven by the new care model vanguards.

"We’ve tended to focus on vertical integration which is bringing together primary care, social care community, mental health and acute hospitals in a single area.

"This NHS England report No hospital is an island concentrates on horizontal integration, where providers of the same type are working together, to improve their efficiency, tackle real workforce challenges, and ensure care quality. I believe there is much system leaders can learn from these acute care collaborations.”

There’s a great deal of exciting innovation going on inside the NHS, much of it being driven by the new care model vanguards.


No hospital is an island
is drawn from the progress made by 13 acute care vanguards that were launched in September 2015 to redesign services.  It includes details of how collaboration was implemented across three broad models.

 

Six common strategies are emerging from these vanguards that cover:

A number of case studies from the vanguards demonstrate progress against these goals. However, evaluation on measurable benefits is still ongoing as many of the vanguards are still at an early stage of implementation.

Chris talks more about the report

Watch this film on The Royal Free London vanguard

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