A series of rapid reviews designed to help drive improvements and prepare for future pressures on local health and care systems has been announced by the CQC.
The Provider Collaboration Reviews (PCRs) will focus on Integrated Care Systems (ICS) or Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) areas.
The reviews follow the CQC’s earlier Beyond Barriers report which noted that health and care services can achieve better outcomes for people when they work together, something which is even more crucial during times of crisis.
Responding to the announcement, the National Care Forum said: “We welcome this programme of rapid reviews by the CQC, looking at how local systems have responded to support care providers during the COVID crisis. The experience of our members on the frontline in the fight against COVID within the care sector has shown a variety of responses from local systems, some very collaborative and supportive and some less so. We welcome the opportunity for a strong care provider voice within these reviews as we reflect collectively on the very difficult past few months of the crisis.
“It is absolutely essential that we learn what has worked well within the local care and health system, for care providers and the very vulnerable people they serve, and what has not worked so well, so that we are better equipped to work together in the event of any second wave. It will also enable a valuable local lens on the role that national policy making and guidance has played at a local level.”
The CQC will use data it holds and undertake conversations with providers and ICS and STP leaders. This will include the experiences of people who use services.
The first phase of reviews, which will focus on the interface between health and adult social care for the over-65 population group, will take place in:
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes ICS
Norfolk and Waveney STP
The Black Country and West Birmingham STP
North East and North Cumbria ICS
Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS
Frimley Health and Care ICS
Sussex Health and Care Partnership ICS
North West London STP
One Gloucestershire ICS