Just a third of councils understand how accountable care systems work

Only a third of council members have a clear understanding of how an accountable care system (ACS) – NHS England’s chosen model to take forward sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) – work, raising a red flag around the potentially dangerous exclusion of local authorities from these vital reform conversations.

In research conducted by Localis, a third of respondents from across local government said they only have a ‘slightly’ or ‘not at all’ clear understanding about ACSs, which the think-tank argued “should be a note of concern”.

Overall, concerns have been raised that the future integration between health and social care as part of an ACS – a major reform model recently announced by NHS England CEO Simon Stevens – has not been “given enough consideration”.

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