Key steps have been announced to bring the two organisations into closer alignment. From 1stSeptember 2018 the plan is to have one team for increased integration and alignment of national programmes and activities. NHS England and NHS Improvement will be integrated into regional teams lead by one regional director working for both organisations and for seven regional teams to establish this new approach. The joint collaboration will enable to:
- Work more effectively with commissioners and providers in local health systems to break down traditional boundaries between different parts of the NHS and between health and social care
- Speak with one voice, setting clear, consistent expectations for providers, commissioners and local health systems
- Use both the NHS England and NHS Improvement collective resources more effectively and efficiently to support local health systems and the patients they serve
- Remove unnecessary duplication and improve the impact of work, delivering more for the NHS together than would be done working separately
NHS England and NHS Improvement have already been working together in a number of joint national and regional appointments and a single national programme for urgent and emergency care, winter planning and A&E performance.