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Pioneer programme panel announced

Pioneer programme panel announced

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The integrated care pioneers will be chosen by a panel of national and international experts, NHS England has announced. 

The chosen “pioneers” will be given funding and expert guidance to work innovatively on integrating care in their area. 

Shortlisted areas will be the best examples of how healthcare, care and support work seamlessly. Their work will be held up as best practice for other localities. 

A total of 111 local areas applied to become integrated care pioneers. The finalists will be announced in the autumn. 

John Young, national clinical director for integration and the frail elderly at NHS England said: “The overwhelming feedback from patients and their families is that better integration of health and social care is essential in improving their care experience. 

“It is important that we drive this forward, and the Integrated Care Pioneers will provide important national learning so that we will be better placed to make effective progress.” 

Chris Ham from the King’s Fun, Jennifer Dixon, chair of the Nuffield Trust and Catherine Pollard of Monitor will be joined by healthcare experts from Sweden, New Zealand and the USA  among  others. 

NHS England is also working closely with the CCG Assembly sub-group on integration, chaired by Hugh Reeve to define and deliver a programme to help CCGs take forward their ambitions for integrated care in their areas.

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