The NHS Alliance and the Foundation Trust Network have formed a new partnership bringing together healthcare representatives from primary care and secondary care with a view to breaking down silos and tensions that have historically stymied efforts to introduce innovations, reports the National Health Executive.

The new partnership aims to share best practice and case studies to help facilitate integrated thinking and integrated care and ultimately streamline health and care pathways for patients. The group are planning to publish a short series of papers to capture the findings of the first six months’ collaborative working. The first joint paper is expected in mid - November.

Rick Stern, chief executive of NHS Alliance said: “Some of the most critical issues facing the future of the healthcare system involve the ability of different parts of the system to work together. Central to the fragmentation of care is the divide between primary care and the hospital. A strategic partnership between NHS Alliance and the Foundation Trust Network is an attempt to look anew at the things that have kept us apart and offer some fresh perspectives on the potential for working together and deliver better patient care across our communities. Primary care and secondary care have seen each other as competitors for a diminishing NHS budget, protecting vested professional and organisational interests, rather than working towards common goals for patients”.

For more information on the integrated care collaboration please go to the Foundation Trust Network and the NHS Alliance web sites.