Evaluation of the Integrated Care Communities 2 Programme (incorporating the Integration Discovery Community)

Thursday 17 July 2014

In April 2013 the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA) commissioned OPM to evaluate its Integrated Care Community 2 (ICC2) programme; the remit was subsequently expanded to incorporate learning from the Integration Discovery Community (IDC) programme.

The evaluation focuses on assessing which programme elements are:

—    Most valued by the members and why

—    High impact and the evidence to support this

—    Least valued by the members and why

—    Missing from the programmes and the value they would add

The evaluation also explores the economic implications and impact of integrated care, and presents short case studies examining the activities within the participating economies.

Report findings

Overall, the support provided by the AQuA programmes is highly valued by the economies. Economies reported that the community wide events were particularly valuable with specific mention for events focussing on workforce and finance, and contracting and those that included external speakers. Other support that was useful included action learning sets (ALS), peer support sessions and bespoke support provided by The King’s Fund and AQuA, with WebEx sessionsless liked. Participants also valued the critical friend role played by AQuA and the King’s Fund, which provided advice, leadership, expertise and guidance. The tools provided by the programme, especially the Integration Framework helped economies structure their work and measure their progress.

Participants report that the AQuA programme had a positive impact on their progress through for example, acting as a ‘kick starter’ and catalyst for progress, providing motivational support and an impetus to get things done and problem solving and programme development.

Patterns of uptake of support by the economies have changed over time, with some reductions in waves 2 and 3. As economies make progress towards implementing integration their requirements for support change, with bespoke support becoming more important and community wide events becoming less applicable.