SCIE media statement

Health Committee report on Social Care calls for joined up commissioning

8 February 2012

Commenting on the report by the Health Select Committee, SCIE ’s Chief Executive, Julie Jones, who gave evidence to the committee, says:

Today’s report is timely because it reinforces a view that exists across political parties, along with the health, social care and housing sectors, that the way forward is via integration. People want, and increasingly expect, more choice and control; they want improved experiences. With an ageing population and rising numbers of adults with long-term conditions, more integrated working is vital to achieving good outcomes for people and making best use of scarce resources. However, the question that needs to be addressed is how this is to be done. We are the body charged with providing rigorous evidence and practical advice to support these types of policy aspirations. We’ve been looking at some of the ways in which working with adult social care can help clinical commissioning groups manage their new responsibilities. So, for instance, GPs and social care staff can work together to develop new relationships, plan and coordinate care, and fund and commission the best and most efficient services. We’ve also pointed out that users of social care services increasingly plan, purchase and control their own care and support through personal budgets. So, providing joined-up services is even more essential.

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