The H&F Accountable Care Provider (H&F ACP) development work is now starting in earnest and programme governance structures across Imperial College Health Trust (ICHT) and the H&F GP Federation are now in effect.

As a partnership, we have stated a commitment to ensuring appropriate and effective lay representation at all layers of the structure. Specifically, we would like to invite patient/public representatives who are resident in H&F to join each of the two programme steering groups: the first focusing on the technical aspects of ACP development (e.g. governance, contracts, finance, people & Organisation Development, Information Technology and Information Governance) and the second driving the developing model of care (clinically led).

The basic concept of Accountable Care Provider (ACP) is that a group of providers agrees to take responsibility for all care for a given population for a defined period of time under a contractual arrangement with a commissioner. Accountable care is different to the current arrangement of provider/commissioner contracting in that in an ACP the providers share the risk of overspending/under-delivering with commissioners, who currently shoulder all the risk.

We wish to have a pool of people that can attend the meetings and provide co-design and critical steer. We are in the process of planning for funding of representatives’ participation in a series of short monthly meetings for the duration of 16/17.

If you can recommend a local resident who would be interested and would like to know more please get in touch with Caroline