NHS England is encouraging more innovation in the models of health and social care delivery to improve quality of care, outcomes and patient experience, and reduce costs, with the implementation of initiatives such the Integrated Care Pioneers and Vanguards as set out in the Five Year Forward View.
Despite the resources and financial commitment to ensuring that these new models of care are successfully designed and implemented, the evidence to support the assumption that these models will deliver the benefits for which they have been designed is incomplete.
Early evidence emerging from the Department of Health-funded evaluation of the Integrated Care and Support Pioneers Programme suggests that national as much as local barriers to integration are slowing progress down, and within an increasingly hostile financial environment, transformation is not likely to become any easier.
In this context, this breakfast seminar focused on raising important questions about the challenges faced, and early progress of these new care initiatives, identifying the emerging learning that can be drawn for the next generation of care models. We brought together key individuals from NHS England and other organisations supporting the Vanguard programme and academics involved in the evaluation of the Pioneers programme to learn from each other.