Social work: essential to integration

Department of Health, March 2017

The document should be used to support and inform local and regional health and social care integration initiatives. It explains:

  • the critical contribution that social workers make to integrated services
  • how social work is essential to the whole system
  • the necessity of support to ensure integration succeeds in providing the services people need

It also includes ‘top tips’ for directors of adult social services and for principal social workers to assist in progressing the integration agenda.

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Health and social care integration

National Audit Office, February 2017

This report warns that progress with integration of health and social care has, to date, been slower and less successful than envisaged and has not delivered all of the expected benefits for patients, the NHS or local authorities. As a result, the government’s plan for integrated health and social care services across England by 2020 is at significant risk.  The report also finds that  The Better Care Fund has not achieved the expected value for money, in terms of savings, outcomes for patients or hospital activity.

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Integrating health and social care across the UK: toolkit for nurses

Royal College of Nursing, January 2017

A new RCN UK-wide toolkit for members working in strategic decision-making roles or involved in forums around integrated care. The toolkit has a series of themed prompt questions for reflection and action. It will support members to provide confident nursing leadership to shape, deliver and monitor safe, quality and local integrated services.

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Outcome-focused integrated care: lessons from experience

Institute of Public Care, January 2017

This paper captures some of the learning and experience from work on developing integrated practice. It aims to offer guidance to those embarking on a significant period of change on what they may need to consider. It draws on IPC’s practice-based experience of integration across a range of different organisational set-ups and cultures.

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Integrated care to address the physical health needs of people with severe mental illness: a rapid review

National Institute for Health Research, April 2016

This research explores current service provision and map the recent evidence on models of integrated care addressing the physical health needs of people with severe mental illness (SMI) primarily within the mental health service setting. The research was designed as a rapid review of published evidence from 2013–15, including an update of a comprehensive 2013 review, together with further grey literature and insights from an expert advisory group.

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Bringing together physical and mental health: A new frontier for integrated care

The King’s Fund, March 2016

This report makes a compelling case for this ‘new frontier’ for integration. It gives service users’ perspectives on what integrated care would look like and highlights 10 areas that offer some of the biggest opportunities for improving quality and controlling costs.

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£11 billion cost of treating physical and mental health separately

The King’s Fund, 8 March 2016

The King’s Fund has published a report which shows that the psychological problems associated with physical health conditions, and vice versa, are costing the NHS more than £11 billion a year and care is less effective than it could be. The report argues that by integrating physical and mental health care the NHS can improve health outcomes and save money.

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