What we do

We support you by providing an influential national voice and bringing you together with leaders across the health and care system.

Our primary role for our acute, integrated provider and ambulance trust members is supporting you in your leadership role at place level and within integrated care systems.

But we also know that as an acute trust, integrated provider and ambulance trust, you have specific issues and challenges that you may want support in addressing. Therefore, you and your teams will benefit from specific networks and activities dedicated to your sector.

Our priorities

Our programme of activities for our acute and integrated provider members is set out in detail below. In summary, there are three main priorities that are guiding our work:

  1. Ensuring the health and care sector is addressing the workforce risks associated with managing the elective care backlog.
  2. Ensuring the voice of acute providers is at the forefront of discussion as the Health and Care Bill is tabled before parliament, including a focus on ensuring statutory integrated care systems work in tandem with existing governance arrangements for our NHS trust and foundation trust members.
  3. Bringing together acute provider and other leaders across the system in new care models, such as provider collaboratives, as well as supporting them to foster better partnerships with local government, higher education and other sectors.

How we support our members

More details of the support we provide to our acute, integrated provider and ambulance trust members are set out below.

We represent

  • We are working with our acute and integrated provider members to ensure the health and care sector is addressing the workforce risks associated with managing the elective care backlog.
  • We are influencing national and political leaders on behalf of our members to ensure the solutions they need to increase capacity and reduce the elective backlog are in place.
  • We are a leading national voice in the debate on the future finances of the NHS and social care and are urging the government to re-examine the £20.5bn funding settlement in light of the impact of COVID-19. We are making the case for extra funding for our provider members in the run up to the Comprehensive Spending Review in late 2021.
  • We are ensuring the voice of acute trusts, integrated providers and ambulance services is at the forefront of discussion as the Health and Care Bill is tabled before parliament – expected in summer 2021. This will include a focus on governance arrangements and ensuring statutory integrated care systems work in tandem with existing governance arrangements for our provider members. 
  • A major area of focus for our acute trust, integrated provider and ambulance trust members is the regulation and oversight regime. We will continue to make the case for lighter touch regulation, including by influencing the Care Quality Commission’s new regulatory strategy. 
  • Representing the role of ambulance services in system working – we are working with AACE and our ambulance service members to deliver a roundtable series on system issues, as well as supporting their engagement with NHS England and NHS Improvement.  
  • We will continue to influence government to deliver a reset in the future financial and performance regime, making the case for more nuanced targets. 

We connect

  • We run a Provider Collaboration Forum that brings together people working on provider collaboratives across the country to share learning, exchange ideas and shape policy development. Many of our acute provider members are part of this and we encourage you to join.  
  • We bring together acute trust and integrated provider members and other leaders across the system who are supporting local economic recovery strategies, and fostering better partnerships with local government, higher education and other sectors. We have also been a leading advocate of the role of trusts as anchor institutions and will continue to connect you with other members who are leading in this space. 
  • Our Non-Executive Leaders Network offers acute, integrated provider and ambulance service leaders a chance to connect with non-executive leaders in other parts of the system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to debate issues and hear from guest speakers. It meets monthly.

We support

  • Our popular peer learning and support programme for first-time provider chief executives has now benefited almost 50 chief executives, the vast majority of which are acute sector leaders. We will be recruiting to further cohorts in autumn 2021 and will be reaching out to acute chief executives.
  • As a member of the NHS Confederation, you also benefit from access to our regional team, which is on hand to support you with the specific issues you want us to raise.
  • You can also access a range of other networks and activity, including our equality, diversity and inclusion networks and our International Special Interest Group, which brings together acute providers developing and delivering international commercial offers.

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