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“Integrated care is essential to meet the needs of the ageing population, transform the way that care is provided for people with long-term conditions and enable people with complex needs to live healthy, fulfilling, independent lives.” The purpose of this report is to examine:
- “the case for integrated care
- what current barriers to integrated care need to be overcome
- what the Department of Health can do to provide a supporting framework to enable integrated care to flourish
- options for practical and technical support to those implementing integrated care, including approaches to evaluating its impact.
The report asserts that developing integrated care should assume the same priority over the next decade as reducing waiting times had during the last. Its core recommendations are:
- government policy should be founded on a clear, ambitious and measurable goal to improve the experience of patients and service users and to be delivered by a defined date
- patients with complex needs should be guaranteed an entitlement to an agreed care plan, a named case manager responsible for co-ordinating care, and access to telehealth and telecare and a personal health budget where appropriate
- change must be implemented at scale and pace; this will require work across large populations, significant reform and flexibility to take forward different approaches.
The report makes a constructive contribution to the debate about integrated care and will be of interest to policy-makers, health and social care commissioners, and researchers with an interest in integrated care, as well as to health and social care organisations.”