The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have issued submissions on the subject of integrated care. Both the RCP and RCN’s reflect on the importance of integrated care in the second phase of an engagement process initiated by the NHS Future Forum on the behalf of the Department of Health.
Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Response
The RCP is in favour of integrated models of care, cutting across traditional professional boundaries, so that health professionals can manage patients using integrated care pathways designed by local clinicians. The approach to care based around the needs of patients and delivered collaboratively across professions and settings, as set out in this response, is broadly in line with the RCP’s earlier 2008 “Teams without walls” report, produced jointly by the RCP, the Royal College of General Practitioners and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Cantelo, G. (2011). Future Forum, Phase 2: Integrated care; Royal College of Physicians’ response. London: Royal College of Physicians (RCP), November 17th 2011.
Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of General Practitioners and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Teams without walls: the value of medical innovation and leadership. London: The Royal College of Physicians, The Royal College of General Practitioners and The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2008.
Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Response
The RCN’s response is more cautious, but broadly endorses the proposition that the Government will need to deliver a “whole systems” approach to integrated care which allows health and social care professionals deliver consistent standards of efficient, effective and “joined-up” care.
Royal College of Nursing’ response to the NHS Future Forum Consultation (Second Phase). London: Royal College of Nursing (RCN) , November 18th 2011.