Today we launch the final report of the Commission on Place-Based Health. Chaired by Lord Victor Adebowale and co-hosted by Collaborate and NLGN, the Commission was established to ask how the NHS, local government and local partners could start collaborating more effectively to improve local health outcomes. The Commission report argues that five enablers hold the key to place-based transformation, and outlines a range of practical functions that are already supporting more collaborative practice. These include:
1. An approach to tackling the evidence paradox that has paralysed attempts to invest in prevention and new models of out-of-hospital care – including a 15 year forward view for place and a new code of practice for investment cases in prevention.
2. A focus on the enablers for integrated local service delivery – such as the commitment devices and ‘system translation’ functions that have been vital in building collaborative delivery in Birmingham, Suffolk, Sunderland and Sutton.
3. A call to develop place-based regulation as a lever for whole-system accountability – supporting efforts to build collaborative accountability for health outcomes in a place across the purchaser-provider divide.