Integrated primary and acute care systems vanguards

There are nine vanguards chosen to develop Primary and Acute Care Systems (PACS) which were selected in March 2015. The PACS model of care joins up GP, hospital, community and mental health services.

The aim of a PACS is to improve the physical, mental, social health and wellbeing of its local population. It achieves this by bringing together health and care providers with shared goals and incentives so they can focus on what is best for the local population.

PACS Framework

The learning so far from the PACS vanguards has been used to develop the Primary and Acute Care Systems framework. The framework sets out the key ingredients that make up the model, as well as the steps required to set up the model.


Where we are now?

The first year (2015/16) of the New Care Models programme was about supporting vanguards to innovate to deliver more integrated care, build and strengthen collaborative relationships, and explore improvements in contracting and payment. The second year (2016/17) has been about developing the PACS care model and consolidating the learning so far from vanguards into a framework. This third year (2017/18) is about supporting vanguards to fully deliver their PACS models, realise the impact of their work and ensure their learnings are shared across health and care services.

Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group vanguard have produced a film about its new care model, featuring staff and service users.