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Date(s) - 25.11.2017


Cross Street Chapel


NHS England has decided that Accountable Care Systems, developing into Accountable Care Organisations  should be the next step forward for 8 of the the 44 Sustainability and Transformation ‘Footprint’ partnerships, whose plans were published last year.

The areas targetted are

  • Frimley Health. Frimley Health and Care System a consortium of 30 public and private care providers with five Clinical Commissioning Groups, five GP Federations, 10 Local, District and County Authorities, two Ambulance trusts and five mental health and community providers including Virgin Care;
  • South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, seven NHS hospital trusts – covering 15 hospital sites, which employ 45,000 staff and service 2.3 million residents;
  • Nottinghamshire, with an initial focus on Greater Nottingham and the southern part of the sustainability and transformation partnership. The Greater Nottingham Transformation Partnership includes seven public bodies and Circle Health;
  • Blackpool and Fylde Coast, with the potential to spread to other parts of the Lancashire and South Cumbria STP at a later stage;
  • Dorset;
  • Luton, with Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire;
  • West Berkshire;
  • Buckinghamshire.

Greater Manchester is not included because it already had more advanced arrangements under its “devolution” deal

Accountable Care Systems are seen as the bodies to implement NHS England ’s 2014 Five Year Forward View, and circumvent the fragmented, competitive market established by the Health & Social Care Act 2012 – while that legislation remains in place. But are they, as some have argued, the first steps towards a new type of privatisation?

This event will explore and critique the experience and relevance of Accountable Care as implemented in other countries, and examine what we know about the first 8 Accountable Care Systems being established in England, and large-scale ‘lead provider’ contracts. It will debate expert opinions on Capitated Budgets, question the implications of attempting simultaneous integration of care services and cost cutting, and discuss the various barriers to progress. It will examine alternative approaches to integrated care services delivery from the UK and elsewhere.


Paul Connellan, former chair, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust : Health and Social Care – what’s the difference?

Janine Dyson, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

John Lister, London Health Emergency, and Keep Our NHS Public

Roger Steer  Healthcare Audit Consultants Ltd  Former NHS finance director and chief executive.  Roger’s presentation

Prof Anne Stafford, Alliance Manchester Business School: The Alzira model

There is no charge for attendance, but you must book a place and there is a £20 charge for non-attendance.  We are not able to provide lunch, but you are welcome to bring your own, or to patronise the many establishments in the area.

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One Comment

  1. ACS/ACOs look like a good way to neatly parcel up the NHS into juicy chunks for the private sector to eat – including all the valuable data about us which will help corporate profit making. There is no restriction on private sector takeover of ACO contracts, as is clearly spelled out in the NHS model contracts and guidance published in August.

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