• What the long-term plan says about integrated care and commissioning

    8 February 2019

    The plan states that integrated care systems (ICS) will cover all England within two years.

    This has profound implications for the existing commissioning system and amounts to de facto structural reform.

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  • Long-term plan must allow time for natural allies to come together

    8 February 2019

    The NHS Long Term Plan’s focus on primary care networks comes as no surprise, but the pace of development is, to say the least, ambitious. National bodies expect all GP practices to be members of a network by July this year, which suggests that initially they will be networks in name only.

    Primary care networks have two functions in the vision set out by the plan. Practically they provide the local delivery units that will form ”building blocks” of integrated care systems (ICS). But they also provide the mechanism by which to realise the vision “for the first time since the NHS was set up in 1948 – of fully integrated community-based health care.”

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  • Age UK’s personalised integrated care programme: evaluation of impact on hospital activity

    8 February 2019

    Age UK’s personalised integrated care programme (PICP) aims to improve the lives of older people through practical support, underpinned by a change in the way that the health and care system works together for these people locally. This report analyses the hospital use of older people who had received a service from PICP in eight areas of England. The research concludes that it has almost certainly not been able to reduce costs or emergency admissions. However, the results suggest that the scheme may be identifying unmet need in the population, which manifests in greater use of hospital care.

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  • Lung cancer scanning trucks to travel the country

    8 February 2019

    Lung cancer scanning trucks that operate from supermarket car parks are being rolled out across the country in a drive to save lives by catching the condition early.

    Around £70 million will fund 10 projects that check those most at risk, inviting them for an MOT for their lungs and an on the spot chest scan that include mobile clinics.

    The initiative has the potential to reach around 600,000 people over four years, detecting approximately 3,400 cancers and saving hundreds of lives across the country.

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  • Review of national cancer screening programmes in England

    8 February 2019

    NHS England has published terms of reference and other details for the review of national cancer screening programmes in England.

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