National Audit Office report on integration SCIE response

08 February 2017

Responding to the National Audit Office report on health and social care integration, SCIE's chief executive Tony Hunter says:

"SCIE’s work indicates that everyone is committed to the concept of integration – from members of the public to the NHS, councils, and the private, voluntary and community based organisations that provide care and support. The challenge is how to transform current arrangements into a truly person-centred system."

"Part of the solution is to share developing evidence about what works – and what does not. SCIE will continue to collect and share that knowledge. For example, we are working with government departments to identify effective ways of measuring the effectiveness of integrated approaches in a way that is meaningful to individuals using care, and useful to the partners who plan, deliver and fund it.

"Today’s National Audit Office report is a valuable contribution to the developing evidence base. New developments are also providing valuable insights into what is possible when local services work together more effectively. For example, in some areas, clinical staff are building the skills of residential care staff enabling them to support residents in the home, without the disruption and expense of being transferred to hospital. In Wakefield, for example, there has been a 19 per cent reduction in emergency admissions from the care homes involved in the care home ‘vanguard’ within its first six months."

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