Health and Care Integration
A compelling national vision for local government
Becoming part of a ‘medicalised treatment-based model’ is the last thing social care needs, says Professor Donna Hall, as she puts forward the beginnings of a new vision for local government.
Letting the poppies bloom
Heather Jameson says the Conservative conference has put levelling up and skills front and centre, but voters may be looking for a short-term fix.
We need an equal partnership between the NHS and councils on health and care
When is a local health and care partnership not a partnership? If we are not careful when it's an integrated care system, say Phil Hope and Steve Barwick.
Councils must recognise the threat to locally delivered social care
The local government sector, and the bodies which represent it, need to switch from a stance that welcomes small steps to one that recognises the existential threat that locally delivered social care now faces, argues Jessica Studdert.
A critical juncture for integration
While the media spotlight is heavily focusing on health and social care, it is vital to incorporate ‘true integration’ into all services and areas as the race to attract and retain staff becomes more competitive. Chris Barrow explains.
Social care plan is quickly losing its sheen
The Government has a plan for asset protection but still does not have a proper plan for social care, says Richard Humphries. ‘No wonder so many involved in social care are so deeply disappointed.’
We need to pause the cheering on social care
The Government’s social care announcement deserves only two hurrahs, says Paul Najsarek. The knock on effect can only be substantially increased costs for local government, he adds.
HMJ: The role of local authorities in care reforms
Anja Beriro of Browne Jacobson outlines the role local authorities will play in the new Integrated Care Systems and what steps they can take to make them better prepared for changes in the delivery of health and social care.
Joined-up action to aid street-based lives
Calderdale’s trauma-based response to Burnt Bridges? is an example of why focusing on place-based working between health, councils and voluntary organisations matters, say Robin Tuddenham and Marianne Huison.
‘No evidence’ integration improves healthcare
New analysis of health and care integration pilots has questioned the benefits they bring about.
Time for an Olympic Gold Social Care System
Co-chair of Future Social Care Coalition Phil Hope presents five tests ‘most would agree need to be passed to some degree’ if any proposal the Government brings forward for the social care system is to be judged a success.
Long live commissioning
Benjamin Taylor says examples of how commissioning is being used show how important it is to move away from a deficit focus to experimenting and learning how to influence complex systems.
Eight post-pandemic digital trends for 2021 and beyond
Tim Pitts outlines eight post-pandemic digital trends. He says that one thing is clear; ‘The COVID-19 legacy will be far reaching across local government’.
A vital support in rural Lincolnshire
A falls service in Lincolnshire is proving to be a game changing approach that could be used across the country, says Cllr Patricia Bradwell.
Improving digital and social inclusion in Notts
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System has made strong progress in rolling out public facing digital services and innovative inclusion approaches. Rosie Atkin explains how it was done.
It’s not all about the money
It is dangerous if we let the discussion about the reform of social care become exclusively about funding, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West.
The public understands there has to be a way to foot the social care bill
What is concerning about the last few days’ debate on social care reform is just how narrow it has become, says Heather Jameson.
Health Bill could lead to more centralisation, claims commission
The Health and Care Bill could lead to a more centralised system, a cross-party commission has claimed.
Having children's services leads at ICS partnership talks is 'critical'
It is ‘absolutely critically important’ that children’s services are at the table in discussions about partnership working within integrated care systems (ICS), says an NHS policy expert.
Health and care improvement starts locally
Local health and care organisations must seize the initiative to improve people’s lives rather than waiting for the next overhaul by national government.