Acute care collaborations

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Part of The NHS five year forward view

The NHS five year forward view outlined acute care collaborations as one of seven models of care. ACCs were announced as a new type of vanguard by NHS England and other national bodies in September 2015.

ACCs aim to link together hospital services to improve care quality and financial sustainability. A variety of types of ACCs are emerging in different parts of the country—including multiple hospitals working together as groups or chains and clinical networks between hospitals for different service areas. Franchise models are also being developed for some specialties.