The New Local Government Network (NLGN) and community interest company Collaborate have launched a new commission into the future of place-based health. Chief executive of social care charity Turning Point, Lord Victor Adebowale, will chair the commission, which will look at how the NHS and councils can improve health outcomes when demand is rising and budgets are being cut. The commission will also look at new collaborative models of health and social care, how services can engage with residents and whether it will ever be politically acceptable to close hospitals.
‘It is an open secret that the NHS, as it is currently constituted, is in danger of becoming unsustainable,’ said NLGN director, Simon Parker. ‘We believe it will be essential to work far more collaboratively with local councils and other partners to deliver the kind of health outcomes the public expects and deserves.’
Sarah Billiald, the managing director of Collaborate, added: ‘By focussing on four localities across England, this commission will get under the bonnet of these terms and help broker future approaches to place-based health that are in the best interests of citizens – not institutions.’