SCIE media statement

SCIE statement on Audit Commission report  'Joining up health and social care'

1 December 2011

Commenting on today’s report, SCIE’s Director of Adult Services, David Walden, says:

Today’s report highlights the importance of providing better coordination of both care and commissioning for an ageing population, many of whom have long-term conditions. This approach to integrated working can help to make the best use of scarce resources and is vital if people are going to have good quality care and support. Clinical commissioning groups now need to manage their new responsibilities for health and social care, working alongside local authorities as part of Health and Wellbeing Boards.

“SCIE can help because we have publications that commissioners can draw on to support their work. For instance, we have advice on how to develop new relationships to improve the health and wellbeing of patients and service users, as well as on how to achieve efficiencies. We’re also working with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to address issues which go across the interface between health and social care services. For example, our developing programme of quality standards seeks to guide health and social care professionals to use the latest evidence and good practice when making care decisions.

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