Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has embraced alliance contracting for providing services to a small but costly cohort of mental health patients. The CCG believes the move, one of the first alliance contracts involving a CCG, will improve outcomes and save £2.3m.
The efficiency delivered by a “super-partnership” with 70,000 patients has helped its leaders improve access and integration, an executive partner with Modality Partnership told PCC’s first “learning from the leaders” event.
Those planning new models of care should focus on the end purpose rather than structural form, PCC’s first “learning from the leaders” event heard.
Robert Varnam, NHS England’s head of general practice development, urged managers and clinicians to agree how they wanted to improve care for patients and only then think about the structures to deliver it.
The NHS should give people the freedom to use their own strengths and those of their communities to improve health and wellbeing, an expert in community empowerment told PCC’s recent engagement event. Cormac Russell, a leading practitioner of asset based community development, urged commissioners to recognise how their interventionist approaches contribute to a deficit based culture of healthcare.