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NHS England chooses 13 hospital groups to drive improvement at district level

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 25 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5147
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

Several leading NHS hospitals are to provide clinical and organisational support to chains of smaller acute care trusts as part of the next phase of NHS England’s national drive to implement new integrated models of healthcare.

The plans, announced on 25 September by NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, mark the next phase of the NHS’s push to create higher quality and more efficient models of care, as set out in the Five Year Forward View.1

NHS England has selected 13 new “vanguards” (box) from a total of 65 bids from hospitals across England, each of which will test one of three new approaches to integrated care. These will add to the 37 areas that are already piloting new ways to integrate care between general practice, social and community care, mental health, and hospitals.2

The first new approach will see individual high performing NHS hospitals forming new groups with smaller organisations to try to raise standards and improve efficiency across chains …

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