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Report gives first-hand PACS experiences

What stories do PACS vanguard narratives tell about this new model of care?

Development leaders within the PACS (primary and acute care system) model have contributed to a report by the King’s Fund think-tank on bringing about complex change in local systems.

The report, Developing new models of care in the PACS vanguards, was conducted independently and commissioned by NHS England. It is intended to share first-hand experiences of a major change programme.

Narratives are drawn from those who are leading the PACS programme at a national level and also from those who are working within the model at a local level in the PACS vanguards.

The report concludes that national bodies can support large-scale change by supporting local innovation. It also praised ‘modest transformation funding’ as a catalyst for innovation.

The report recommends work to remove legal, financial and regulatory bars to integrated working across organisational boundaries. It also called for support from national leaders to promote the spread and scaling up of innovation after the funding for new care model programmes ends.

Further information

King’s Fund: Developing new models of care in the PACS vanguards: a new national approach to large-scale change?

Wellards: Yeovil foundation trust to extend GP practice chain
(Example of a PACS model, in which Yeovil District Hospital took over the running of GP practices with the aim of better integrating care).