The Government wants better integration of care to be at the heart of the NHS. This report aims to support the development of a national strategy for the promotion of integrated care.
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
Integrated care is essential to meet the needs of the ageing population, transform the way that care is provided for people with long-term conditions and enable people with complex needs to live healthy, fulfilling, independent lives. In its June 2011 summary report, the NHS Future Forum stated: ‘we need to move beyond arguing for integration to making it happen’.
The NHS Future Forum’s report built on the ideas that The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust presented as part of the Government’s Listening Exercise on the Health and Social Care Bill.
Developing integrated care should assume the same priority over the next decade as reducing waiting times had during the last
In response, the Department of Health approached The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust for help in supporting the development of its national strategy on integrated care and to feed ideas directly into the ongoing work of the NHS Future Forum.
Our resulting report: A report to the Department of Health and the NHS Future Forum: Integrated care for patients and populations: Improving outcomes by working together, examines:
The report asserts that developing integrated care should assume the same priority over the next decade as reducing waiting times had during the last.
Its core recommendations are:
The report by Dr Nick Goodwin, Dr Judith Smith, Dr Alisha Davies, Claire Perry, Dr Rebecca Rosen, Dr Anna Dixon, Dr Jennifer Dixon, and Professor Chris Ham, makes a constructive contribution to the debate about integrated care. It will be of interest to policy-makers, health and social care commissioners and researchers with an interest in integrated care, as well as to health and social care organisations.