SCIE media statement

Healthcare for care home residents (7 March 2012)

6 March 2012

David Walden, Director of Adults Services, SCIE:

Divisions between health and social care make little sense to people using services – including those who happen to live in care homes. Today’s reports from the Care Quality Commission and the British Geriatrics Society shows what can go wrong when public commissioners do not take into account all the needs – for healthcare as well as for social care – of particular groups of people such as care home residents. People in care homes are even more likely to need access to health care services – and they have every right to expect and receive it.

SCIE’s briefing, Social care and clinical commissioning for people with long-term conditions, highlights that good local relationships are key to determining successful partnership arrangements. More integrated working brings the chance to reduce bureaucracy and overlaps, to ensure residents get the care that will improve their health outcomes as well as deliver efficiency savings. Clinical commissioners will need to work with councils to understand and, if appropriate, protect existing joint arrangements, as well as building new ones.


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