No hospital is an island: new models of acute collaboration in the NHS

West, J. & Edwards, N. Nuffield Trust Blog. Published online: 6 October 2016

Encouraged in recent years through the NHS Five Year Forward View, the Dalton and Carter reviews and now Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), hospitals are looking for creative solutions to clinical and financial challenges that they can’t solve on their own.

We recently brought together the 13 acute care collaboration vanguards, who are exploring this issue as part of the new care models programme, in a ‘community of practice’ hosted by the Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund.

These 13 are a diverse bunch at first glance. Certainly the scope of their collaboration appears different. The four emerging foundation groups, Royal Free London, Salford, Northumbria and Guy’s and St Thomas’, are looking at bringing together full hospitals. Other models focus on single service lines, like EMRAD’s radiology consortium or Moorfield’s network of eye services. But at closer inspection, it looks more like a continuum of collaboration across acute services. The hospital groups are all considering tiered membership options, in which other hospitals could gain some of the group benefits through more limited collaboration options. Meanwhile, other partnerships such asWorking Together and Developing One NHS in Dorset are specifically looking at collaborating on a defined cluster of clinical and back office services.

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