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Delivering the NHS Five Year Forward View: the first practical guidance

Published 15 June 2016

Providing the first practical examples of how to deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View, DAC Beachcroft's latest report, The Route to Integrated Healthcare, provides best practice solutions to progress the strategic issues around commissioning integration, contracting, corporate structures and procurement and competition.

The Route to Integrated Healthcare paves the way for senior decision-makers in health and social care to navigate the 'what', 'why' and 'when' to overcoming the barriers to innovation in delivering new models of care.

Delivering the NHS Five Year Forward View means taking it from a concept and making it into a reality, with a huge fracture between understanding what is needed and the reality of delivering the solutions that will make it work.

In summary, we have identified the following key steps:

  • Collaboration is key…
  • …and needs good, clear governance…
  • …alongside well-defined outcomes…
  • …with contracts that wrap around the practicalities…
  • …and a well thought-out procurement process.

Anne Crofts, partner at DAC Beachcroft, comments "at this stage it is important to ensure that robust governance and accountability structures are in place; creating safe platforms for organisations to come together and design new ways of providing integrated care by using existing organisational and legislative structures to realise the aims of the report."

"Good governance is vital" adds Hamza Drabu, partner at DAC Beachcroft "Form must follow function when designing new models of care. Start by thinking about what services you wish to include rather than starting with legal form. That way, you are more likely to achieve your aims and outcomes."

"Commissioners need to be confident in their decisions" says Mary Mundy, Associate at DAC Beachcroft who also contributes to the report. "Planning in advance, getting the right resources, making sure the right decision-makers are involved in determining the strategy for the relevant procurement."

To view the report online, click here. Alternatively, for any further information, or to receive a paper copy, please contact Charlotte Boston on +44(0) 117 366 2467 or email


Anne Crofts

Anne Crofts

London - Walbrook

+44 (0)20 7894 6531

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