We recently hosted a visit by NHS England and NHS Improvement for a ‘stocktake’ of our journey so far and how the regional and national teams can give us further support, particularly regarding the national Accountable Care System programme.
NHS England leads the National Health Service in England and sets the priorities and direction of the NHS and encourages and informs the national debate to improve health and care. NHS Improvement supports foundation trusts and NHS trusts to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable.
The meeting was chaired by Anne Eden, Executive Regional Director for NHS I/E in the South East. Anne was joined by colleagues including Ben Dyson Executive Director of Strategy NHS Improvement, Felicity Cox, Director of Commissioning Operations at NHS England (South East), Paul Bennett Director of Improvement and Delivery for Kent, Surrey and Sussex and Karen Breen New Care Models Programme Operational Lead.
The sharing of where we stand now led to a conversation about opportunities and resources from NHSE and NHSI in supporting Surrey Heartlands’ ambitions which reflects a positive picture.