Spending Review - health and social care integration
26 June 2013
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has today outlined his spending review. He has announced an investment in integrating health and social care that, it is hoped, will save money and provide better services for people.
Here is SCIE's comment
Delivering person-centred co-ordinated care is critical for improving the lives of people who are using services, their carers and families. The Chancellor's emphasis that this is the way forward for the health and social care system is welcome and dedicated resources will be helpful.
But good intentions and funding transfers only go so far. We need to move from the rhetoric to reality by tackling the factors that hinder integrated working, such as confused roles and responsibilities and poor communications. We also need to share the good practice that does exist in many areas of the country. This will continue to be an important aspect of SCIE's work along with our partners supporting the Shared Commitment for integrated care.
SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe.
- Spending Review: BBC at-a-glance summary of the key points
- SCIE Research briefing 41: Factors that promote and hinder joint and integrated working between health and social care services
- SCIE's Andrea Sutcliffe - How to achieve integration between social care and health - Guardian
- SCIE's integration resources
- Department of Health - Integrated Care and Support: Our Shared Commitment
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