Notes to editors
- Integrating mental and physical health is one of the three key priorities identified in NHS England’s five-year plan for mental health, and the NHS’s five year forward view delivery plan published in March set out the aim to ‘make the biggest national move to integrated care of any major western country’.
- The five new care models in the vanguards are:
- multispecialty community providers (MCPs) – groups of GP practices working together with a range of community health services to cover a patient population of between 30,000 and 50,000
- primary and acute care systems (PACS) – single organisations that take responsibility for delivering a full range of primary, community, mental health and hospital services
- urgent and emergency care models (UEC) – networks of local NHS services aiming to improve the co-ordination of urgent and emergency care services and reduce pressures on A&E departments
- acute care collaboration models (ACC) – hospital networks that focus on developing co-ordinated approaches to specific medical areas such as cancer, orthopaedics, neurology and mental health
- enhanced health in care home models – NHS services working with care home providers and local councils to develop new forms of support for older people.
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