How did we do?
The majority of the HIECs were wound up in 2013, in line with the transition timetable for changes in the rest of the NHS. Some HIECs migrated into their local LETBs or AHSNs; while others found legacies for their workstreams within their local health economies. Given the short lifespan of HIECs, attention had been given to sustainability from the onset of the work.
In the following pages, we examine some of the learning from the HIECs who commissioned independent evaluations of their work, as part of the evidence base of the effectiveness of the HIEC movement.
In summary, all of these reports found the HIECs had been successful in delivering outcomes across a range of work, deploying the resources and intelligence of their local health economies and the enabling new forms of collaboration to emerge. The principal limiting factor of the success of the HIECs was their relatively short lifespan which, combined with uncertainty about resources, constrained the ambition with respect to the scale of what could be achieved.