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ICO pilots move to next stage

A shortlist of potential ICO pilots will be ready by the end of the month.

A shortlist of potential ICO pilots will be ready by the end of the month.

Some 108 applications to become integrated care pilots have been received by the DH and these will now be ‘rigorously reviewed against selection criteria', in order to create a shortlist.

Those who make the next stage will then undergo more detailed assessment, involving potential site visits and detailed analysis of written applications. The final set of pilot sites will be selected between January and the end of March 2009.

Applications covered a broad range of proposals – a selection are outlined in the box below.

A DH spokesperson said: ‘We are delighted with both the number of applications and the quality of the proposed pilots. Not only will the pilots add to the evidence base for integrated care but they have the potential to deliver significant improvements in the way health and care services are delivered in this country.'

Snapshot of ICO applications received

Integrated mental health and wellbeing services
Integration of primary care mental health and wellbeing services for people of working age via a partnership between a PBC cluster, PCT, mental health trust, local authority and New Deal for Communities.


Virtual urgent care organisation
Bringing together a PBC consortium, an acute trust and a PCT to form a virtual urgent care organisation, jointly led by a GP and hospital consultant. The pilot will cover a population in excess of 150,000 people.


Health maintenance organisation
The creation of a not-for-profit community interest company run as a social enterprise, pooling budgets and integrating data to provide a service similar to the health maintenance organisations in the US.


Closer integration of primary and acute foundation trust
Close working between primary community and acute foundation trust services, supported by the private sector, via a programme managerial board, to improve diabetes and end-of-life services for a population of more than 170,000.

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