• Lambeth alliance has £2m saving and better outcomes in mind

    22 October 2015

    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.

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  • Vanguards identify the blockages on the line

    22 October 2015

    Vanguards developing new care models have identified leadership development, workforce planning and commissioning structures that promote integration as key challenges, according to NHS England.

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  • Access measures and scale help bring services together

    22 October 2015

    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.

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  • Purpose and personal care are the real challenges

    22 October 2015

    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.

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  • Commissioners should tap the energy of communities to end ‘health deficit’

    22 October 2015

    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.

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