BLMK announced as one of eight accountable care systems

Tuesday, 1st August, 2017

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes was 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.