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Cambridgeshire system plans joint integration bid

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The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough health economy is likely to submit a joint expression of interest to develop a new integrated model of care.

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LGC’s sister title Health Service Journal understands Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust was signed up to the project before Circle decided to withdraw from its franchise agreement to run the trust. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust, Cambridge University Hospitals FT, Cambridgeshire Community Services Trust, and Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust are also understood to be involved, along with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.

It is the largest example of a proposed vanguard application HSJ has seen in terms of number and size of the organisations involved. Expressions of interest must be submitted by 2 February.

The proposal is expected to put before the boards of the participating organisations over the coming weeks, but has yet to receive official sign off from any of them.

GPs have not been actively involved in the plan so far.

The joint integration programme opens up the possibility of reconfiguring services across the entire patch. Late last year it emerged that senior NHS leaders in the area were considering downgrading Hinchingbrooke’s emergency department and turning the hospital into an elective hub.

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