Accountable Care Organisations

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his oral answer of 6 February 2018, Official Report, column 1351, in which document di the King's Fund state that accountable care organisations and integrated care systems make a massive difference in care to patients.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The need to bring providers together and dissolve the historical partitions between primary, community, mental health, social care and acute services is widely acknowledged. Accountable care organisations (ACOs) are means of achieving this as they involve a single provider taking contractual responsibility for providing a range of services, spanning primary, acute, community and mental health.

The move towards accountable care organisations has been supported by the King’s Fund.

The King’s Fund reports are available at:

https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/blog/2017/12/nhs-england-should-work-local-leaders-and-clinicians-explain-accountable-care

https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/making-sense-accountable-care

These articles highlight the positive impact and potential more integrated and accountable care has for England.

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