01 / 03 / 2017
The NHS Confederation supports the aims of integration of health and social care to join up care around the needs of patients. Our evidence to the Public Accounts Committee's inquiry makes the following key points:
- Our members have been working ever more closely with local government to transform services to better suit the needs of the populations they serve. It is vital that they continue to be given the freedom to do this successfully.
- There is much evidence that redesigning services around the needs of individuals in a place provides the best opportunity to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Integrating health and social care is one clear way of doing this and there is evidence that it can improve patient experience. However, integration is not a silver bullet for all the challenges that the health and care systems face, and our members are unequivocal about the need for the government to find a sustainable solution to social care funding.
- There are a myriad of different policies including the Better Care Fund, integration pioneers, vanguards and sustainability and transformation plans that are designed to drive transformation. It is vital that these polices are given time to develop, that analysis of outcomes is conducted and that learning is shared across the system.