The Frimley Health and Care Partnership, which includes east Berkshire, has been named as one of nine national leaders on fast-tracking service improvements for local people.

Speaking at the NHS Confederation in Liverpool, chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, said: “As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday, we now embark on the biggest national move to integrating care of any major western country. For patients this means better joined up services in place of what has often been a fragmented system that passes people from pillar to post.”

Eight ‘accountable care systems’ (ACSs) across the country are bringing together local NHS organisations, often in partnership with social care services and the voluntary sector. They build on learning and early results from NHS England’s new care model ‘vanguards’, which are slowing emergency hospitalisations growth by up to two thirds compared with other less integrated parts of the country.

The ACSs will also lead the way in taking more control over funding for transformation programmes – up £450m over the next four years. They will also have more accountability for improving health and wellbeing locally, with more freedom to make decisions over how health and care systems operate.

The Frimley Health and Care Sustainability and Transformation Partnership is responsible for  the 750,000 residents of north east Hampshire and Farnham, Surrey Heath and east Berkshire.

It is rapidly building on existing work to help local people live longer, healthier lives.

Sir Andrew Morris, chief executive of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and lead for the partnership, said: “We are very proud to have been selected nationally to be one of the leaders in transforming health and care for the community.

“The national support we will receive will help to deliver real results fast to people in the community such as taking the strain off A&E, investing in general practice so patients can be seen in a timely manner and improving access to high quality cancer and mental health services.”

To find out more about the Frimley Health and Care Partnership visit  www.northeasthampshireandfarnhamccg.nhs.uk