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New healthcare care model proposals ‘must involve patients’

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Proposals to develop new health and social care models will need to demonstrate meaningful clinical and patient involvement, according to the former nurse seconded to NHS England.

Samantha Jones, who was appointed last week as NHS England’s director of new care models, said she hoped to be able to work with local leaders to remove obstacles, such as cost or technology problems, preventing changes from being implemented across the country.

Ms Jones, a former registered nurse, will start her three year secondment at NHS England next week, leaving behind her role as chief executive of West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust.

Planning guidance said last month that expressions of interest in developing new care models under the new NHS five-year plan – the Five Year Forward View – must be submitted by 2 February.

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Samantha Jones

In her first interview on the role, Ms Jones said key ingredients she wanted to see from applicants included strong local partnership working across health and social care, openness and transparency, and “real patient involvement, not just ticking the box”.

“The speed of change with which we need to bring about the new models of care means we do want to do this differently and I am absolutely clear this is about doing this as part of a team. There is no point in standing alone,” she told Nursing Times’ sister title Health Service Journal.

“Change is challenging but just because it is a challenge doesn’t me we shouldn’t start tackling it. People will clearly have to work together to make the Five Year Forward View a reality,” she added.

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