The King's Fund

Place-based systems of care

  • Format: Printed copy
  • Author(s): Chris Ham, Hugh Alderwick
  • Publication date: 12 November 2015

The NHS in England is facing growing financial and service pressures at a time of rising demand. This paper proposes a new approach to tackling these challenges. It argues that NHS organisations need to move away from a ‘fortress mentality’ whereby they act to secure their own individual interests and future, and instead establish place-based ‘systems of care’ in which they collaborate with other NHS organisations and services to address the challenges and improve the health of the populations they serve.