Integration

Integrated care leads to improved patient experience, because it means that all teams involved in the treatment of a patient work seamlessly together. To achieve this, secondary, community, and primary care services need to communicated and work effectively with social care, local authorities, and the voluntary sector. Integration may vary at different levels, and can be vertical or horizontal, depending on these levels.

 

Our Integration Blogs

Depression and coronary heart disease: reasons to remain UPBEAT-UK

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Kirsten Lawson summarises the UPBEAT-UK programme of research into the relationship between coronary heart disease and depression and anxiety in primary care patients.

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Experiences of secondment in integrated care: isolation, invisibility and lack of supervision

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Jill Manthorpe considers the findings of interviews with mental health social workers about their experiences of secondment to integrated care services.

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Navigating the obstacles to health and care integration

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Alison Turner summarises a new learning report from the Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care (SLIC) programme, which aimed to overcome barriers to health and care integration. The report offers actionable insights that are informed by empirical evidence and experiential learning.

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Bringing together physical and mental health: King’s Fund report on integrated care

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Kirsten Lawson takes us through the key messages from the recent King’s Fund report on bringing together physical and mental health.

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What works to manage demand in planned care, in what circumstances?

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Alison Turner presents a realist synthesis, which aims to understand how demand management interventions work in different settings.

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Improved co-ordination is critical to improving care for older people

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Alison Turner presents a new report from the NHS Confederation called ‘Growing old together: sharing new ways to support older people’, which has been produced by the independent Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older People.

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Fundamental changes to commissioning needed to address current challenges

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Alison Turner comments on a new report from the King’s Fund, which shares analysis on how health and care systems might develop joint approaches to planning.

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Move towards more coordinated services and the value of targeting populations, says the Health Foundation

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This is a critique of a report from the Health Foundation looking at the coordinating services and targeting populations rather than acute health goals.

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New NICE Guideline on social care support for older people with multiple long-term conditions

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Sarah Carr takes a look at a new NICE Guideline on person-centred, integrated social care support for older people with multiple long-term conditions.

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