Southend CCG features in new Kings Fund report: Options for integrated commissioning: beyond Barker

With around 400 separate local organisations each responsible for commissioning different health and social care services, the current organisational landscape is fragmented and unsustainable. Options for integrated commissioning: beyond Barker  explores the options for implementing that recommendation.

The report assesses evidence of past joint commissioning attempts, studies the current policy framework and local innovations in integrated budgets and commissioning, and considers which organisation is best place to take on the role of single local commissioner.

It draws together findings from a body of work including a survey of existing joint arrangements, current evidence and examples, case studies, a seminar with pioneers of integration developments, and a national conference on integrated commissioning.

Southend CCG was one of the first 14 localities involved in the first wave of Integrated Care and Support Pioneers Programme (selected in November 2013).