NHS England | March 2018 |NHS England and NHS Improvement: working closer together
NHS England has announced plans for greater collaboration between NHS England and NHS Improvement, outlining plans for greater integration at national level as well as in local health systems. While some of their functions are distinctive, such as each of their legal and statutory responsibilities and accountabilities, where possible integration will be combine forces for those areas where they can better work as one.
From September 2018 they propose
- increased integration and alignment of national programmes and activities – one team where possible
- integration of NHS England and NHS Improvement regional teams, to be led in each case by one regional director working for both organisations, and a move to seven regional teams to underpin this new approach.
They outline a number benefits of a more joined up approachm, these are described below:
- work much 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
- speak with one voice, setting clear, consistent expectations for providers, commissioners and local health systems
- use NHS England and NHS Improvement’s collective resources more effectively and efficiently to support local health systems and the patients they serve 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: “The public see the National Health Service 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)
More details can be found at NHS England