SCIE comment

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.


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