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Share of £450m fund to be injected into Nottinghamshire’s health services

The funding will support new healthcare models

Nottinghamshire is one of eight areas picked by national health bosses to receive a share of a £450m fund, which has been set aside for the creation of new ‘accountable care systems’.

The decision, announced by NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens on Thursday (June 15), means that hospitals, councils and other health authorities will work closely together to develop a new joined-up approach of delivering hospital care, mental health care and social care.

The amount of funding that Nottinghamshire will receive is yet to be announced, but the aim of the programme is to create new systems that better meet the needs of people living here – for example, fewer barriers to services and more care delivered closer to home in the community.

The work will be carried out by the Greater Nottingham Transformation Partnership – made up of 10 organisations including Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, the city’s clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and both the city and county councils.

The project will support the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), published in draft in November last year, setting out guidelines on how services across Nottinghamshire must change between now and 2021.

David Pearson, STP lead for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, said: “We have come together over the last year to produce a five-year plan for health and social care that articulates why change is urgently needed, what that change might look like and how it can be achieved. The learning from acceleration in Greater Nottingham will benefit the whole STP area and drive innovation.

“We are already making good progress on the national priority areas of urgent care, primary care, cancer and mental health. With national backing and support, including involvement in the national accountable care systems development programme, we are committed to going faster in transforming care and achieving system-wide resilience and efficiency.”

Dr Stephen Shortt, clinical lead for Rushcliffe CCG, is “pleased” that the work will be delivered in Nottinghamshire.

He said: “It’s the right idea at the right time. We’ve made many changes for the better already, but today’s announcement means we are being encouraged and supported to go further and faster for the people of Greater Nottingham.

“No one can be unaware of the unprecedented challenges facing the health and care system. Despite making good progress, there are still gaps in care and quality, demand is rising and resources are severely constrained.

“We in Greater Nottingham are clear that no one organisation can solve these challenges on its own. We believe we can bring together all those involved in care: the commissioners – those who plan and pay for care – and the providers, including local government, and to inject a greater urgency into integration and shared responsibility and decision making. This will be better for all of our patients and citizens.”

The work to develop the new accountable care system will first focus on an area covered by the Nottingham City, Nottingham North and East, Nottingham West and Rushcliffe CCGs, which are set to appoint a new single accountable officer.

Under the plan, the CCGs will develop an integrated commissioning model and merge some of their commissioning functions.

A spokesman for the CCGs said: “In order to deliver sustainable high-quality care to the populations we serve, we need to look beyond our own organisational boundaries to ensure we get the best value from sharing resources.

“That’s why local commissioners are exploring proposals to merge functions as well as developing a fully integrated and accountable healthcare system for greater Nottingham.”

Source: Nottingham Post