Framework for integrated care organisation pilots

A proposed framework for integrated care organisation pilots, announced as part of Lord Darzi's Next Stage Review, has been outlined by the NHS Alliance.

Dr Mike Dixon
Dr Mike Dixon

It recommends:

  • Patient and public participation at individual and collective levels so as to ensure patient satisfaction and to enhance patient engagement with health improvement measures.
  • Emphasis on prevention and reduction of ill health.
  • Collaboration across primary, community and secondary care boundaries, and across health and social care boundaries too.
  • A requirement that proposals should cover the whole disease spectrum, so as to avoid cherry picking.
  • Emphasis on clinical leadership so that clinician involvement from the start can ensure successful implementation.

NHS Alliance chairman Dr Michael Dixon said: ‘This is what the NHS should be about. Providing seamless, patient-centred care within a defined budget, with measurable clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.’

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