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New accountable care system for Beds, Luton and Milton Keynes

4 August 2017

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes STP* has been named as one of eight health and social care systems in the country to become an Accountable Care System announced by national health regulators in June 2017.

The introduction of Accountable Care Systems (ACS), announced in the NHS ‘Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View’, will see local health and care organisations supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement to work more closely together to provide joined up, better coordinated care.

The eight named ACSs have agreed with national leaders to deliver fast track improvements which include reducing pressures on A&E, investing in general practice to make it easier for patients to get a GP appointment, and improving access to high quality cancer and mental health services.

BLMK have drawn up outline plans for an integrated approach to commissioning for the whole population and these are being submitted to partner organisations for review, with a view to formalising arrangements in 2018/2019.

On 2 August The Guardian did a feature on the new Accountable Care Systems and visited BLMK to find out more. You can read the article here.
*For more information on the plans to develop health and care services in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes visit the BLMK STP website.