Integrated care for the physical health of people with severe mental illness: no easy answers

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Liz Hughes summarises a recent rapid review on integrated care to address the physical health needs of people with severe mental illness.

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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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Does integrated care work for substance use and schizophrenia?

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Ian Hamilton reviews a recent long-term US study of integrated care for people with a dual diagnosis of substance use and schizophrenia, which concludes that recovery is possible, but it takes time.

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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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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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The impact of co-ordinated community-based care for older people

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Clarissa Giebel examines a US study on a community-based support for older people and finds that ‘the little things’ can mean a lot, particularly for prevention and quality of life.

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Inter-professional working between general practice and social care

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Tanya Moore discusses a small study on inter-professional working between social care and general practice and finds evidence of misunderstanding.

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What can local decision makers do to address unplanned admissions in the elderly?

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This report shares findings of a mixed methods case study, to explore best practice in reducing unplanned admissions in the elderly population.

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Patterns of care coordination in services for older people

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Mike Clark explores a study on patterns of local authority care coordination for older people and thinks about implications of findings for practice.

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