NHS England Five Year Forward View: new collaboration to sustain and improve local hospitals

As part of the next Five Year Forward View phase, NHS England is inviting expressions of interest from hospitals across England interested in developing new ways of delivering and improving their local acute services.

The aim of the pilot is to:

  • Enhance the viability of local hospitals, through new formal shared working arrangements between clinical specialists at different hospitals.
  • Improve efficiency by sharing back office administration and management between different sites.

The 29 current vanguards are about moving specialist care into the community, joining up GP, community and mental health services and offering better joined up care for people in care homes. However, the new additional sites will focus on promoting collaboration between acute providers.

The initiative completes the plan for a new generation of care models put forward in the NHS Five Year Forward View to transform the way care is delivered across the NHS.

Invitations are now being sought from all providers of acute services, including small hospitals. The closing date for applications is the end of July 2015.

Successful applicants will be expected to make swift progress. They will receive financial and practical support to enable this.

Visit the NHS England website for more information on new acute models of collaboration and guidance on the application process.

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