Seven regional teams to underpin NHS integration

NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced plans for the integration of their resources and a move to seven regional teams to enhance increased integration and alignment of national programmes and activities.

Highlighting the need to use government resources to greater benefit for patients, the two health bodies have outlined a stronger focus on collaboration and joint working, both nationally and locally, to set clear, consistent expectations for providers, commissioners and local health systems.

A more joined-up approach across NHS England and NHS Improvement will also enable the organisations to work more effectively with commissioners and providers in local health systems to break down traditional boundaries between different parts of the NHS and between health and social care, and use collective resources more effectively and efficiently to support local health systems and the patients they serve. Such a move would also remove unnecessary duplication and improve the impact from our work, delivering more for the NHS together than we do by working separately.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England and Ian Dalton, chief executive of NHS Improvement said in joint statement: “The public see the NHS as a single organisation so, as we work to improve care for patients, it is right that the national leadership of the NHS work more closely. Together we are more than the sum of our parts.”

NHS England and NHS Improvement will begin to establish the working arrangements from September 2018.

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