The Government has made it clear that better integration of care must be at the heart of the reformed health system. The Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund were asked by the Department of Health to support the development of a national strategy for the promotion of integrated care. The findings have been submitted to the DH and the NHS Future Forum.
An overview of the Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund’s recommendations for the Department of Health for taking forward its strategy on integrated care
Set up as an independent group in order to ‘pause, listen and reflect’ on the Health and Social Care Bill, the NHS Future Forum made 16 key recommendations to the Government on the modernisation of health and care. Among the group’s recommendations was that the health service should ‘move beyond arguing for integration to making it happen, whilst exploring the barriers’.
In its report to the Government, published on 13 June 2011, the group called on the Government to build on the ideas about integrated care that the Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund presented to the Forum's Listening Exercise. The Department of Health followed up the group’s recommendations by commissioning both our organisations to lead a project to support the future development of integrated care.
We need to move beyond arguing for integration to making it happen, whilst exploring the barriers
NHS Future Forum
This project synthesised learning from previous research undertaken by the Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund, as well as other UK and international research and analysis, to determine the key factors that need to be in place to create a receptive context in which integrated care can operate. Throughout the work, we liaised with the NHS Future Forum to share thoughts and options for the future development of integrated care.
The elements of our work were:
An exclusive video interview with report co-authors Dr Judith Smith, Director of Policy, Nuffield Trust, and Dr Nick Goodwin, Senior Fellow, Health Policy, The King’s Fund, and a presentation of the key slides from the report are also available to access from the right-hand column of this page.