KSS AHSN Newsletter – 18 June 2015

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Can service change do the job?

The Five Year Forward View (5YFV) sets out how health services need to change. It argues for a more engaged relationship with patients, carers and citizens to promote wellbeing and prevent ill-health. A lot of early focus has been on new models of care, vanguard sites and test beds.

The ‘Realising the Value’ programme is a key component of the 5YFV. It aims to strengthen the case for change, identify evidence-based approaches that engage individuals and communities in their own health and care, and develop tools to support wide-scale implementation.


During our innovation summit and showcase next week, we will discuss the vision for older people’s health and care – and how to make it happen. We will work together to identify the actions and resources needed, and where the gaps lie.

In the afternoon, we’ll hear more about the “Realising the Value” programme from Pritti Mehta, Strategy Team Lead, Person Centred Care, NHS England.

I’m really looking forward to her presentation and the discussion and action it will prompt. It’s crucial that we mobilise patients, carers and communities to engage more actively in their own health and care if the service changes and new models of care are going to succeed.

Mobilisation and engagement at this sort of scale is undoubtedly a challenge. But realising its potential by supporting people to have more control of long-term conditions will mean a better quality of life for them. It will also help us to realise the value of the service change and the service improvement work taking place all around us.

Next Tuesday promises to be an inspiring day. I’ll report back next week for those of you unable to join us.

New model of patient-centred care prolongs independence and delivers 40% cost savings

Buurtzorg Nederland was founded in 2006 to create a new model of patient-centred care, focused on facilitating and maintaining independence for as long as possible. A report in 2010 documented savings of roughly 40% to the Dutch health care system resulting from its model.

On Wednesday 15 July Jos de Blok, the founder of Buurtzorg, will speak at our evening seminar about the organisation’s approach and how the results have been achieved.

We will look at how this model of patient-centred care help us improve the quality of care at the same time as achieving significantly better value for money.

This event is filling up fast. Click here to book your free place

Kind regards,

Guy Boersma
Managing Director

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