[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 1, August 2012].
This NHS Confederation “Stitch in Time” briefing paper (Issue No.240) covers integration and collaboration in health and social care. It highlights the benefits of an inclusive approach to the delivery of care in these sectors.
” …in order to meet the increasing demands on our health and social care systems a more inclusive approach to collaborative partnerships needs to become a commonplace, and standard, model of delivery. However, integration has never been a key feature in the traditional UK NHS model where silo working is still too prevalent”.
Read more: A stitch in time – the future is integration.
This document supplies examples of successful models of integration from the UK, where NHS organisations are starting to work more effectively with other public sector providers and independent providers, and from Western Europe where integration between the public and independent sectors has a longer history.
NHS Confederation (2012). A stitch in time: the future is integration. London: NHS Confederation, June 2012. (Issue No.240).