The Local Government Association (LGA) and NHS Commissioning Board have signed a concordat (an “agreement”) on working together towards better integration of health and social care. This agreement makes formal the existing partnerships between the LGA and the NHS, and is intended to encourage health and social care leaders / staff to work together. It may also improve access for staff to specialist training and best practice.
The agreement was signed at the joint Local Government Association and NHS Commissioning Board conference “Commissioning for Integrated Health and Care” held in London on October 29th 2012.
Chair of the NHS Commissioning Board, Sir Malcolm Grant, said:
“Truly integrated care across the NHS and local government will help us run services more efficiently, allowing us to invest even more in improving and innovating. But much more importantly integration means we can work towards seamless, tailored packages of health and social care for every individual”.
NHS Commissioning Board (2012). Concordat between Local Government Association (LGA) and NHS Commissioning Board. London: NHS Commissioning Board, November 2012.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 5, January 2013].