Jennifer Dixon: Integrating health and social care


Published: 01/07/2010

The concept of integrated care, and integrated care organisations (ICOs), has been emphasised as a means to achieve better care for patients. The premise of integrated care is that it will not only help to improve the coordination of care for patients and therefore prevent avoidable ill health, but also that it will result in greater value for money.

While the formal evidence underpinning this premise is as yet underdeveloped, the wide variations in avoidable use of hospital care, in particular, suggest the scope for large gains in efficiency and health.

In this video, Dr Jennifer Dixon, then Director at the Nuffield Trust, examines the latest developments in integrating services between primary, secondary, community and in some cases social care as a way of helping the NHS respond to the financial challenges ahead.