The government has committed to fully integrating health and social care by 2018.
Described as an ‘end to people passed around the health and social care system’ the plans unveiled by Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb.
According to the government, people often get disjointed care and support, not designed to suit their needs.
In a recent study, 32% of bereaved people said hospitals did not work well with GPs and other services.
Government and key players in the health and care field have published plans that will see them working together to put people first.
The plans, which will be delivered by national leaders and local areas working closely together, include:
Issues in the community include:
The 'best care'
Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said: "People don't want health care or social care, they just want the best care. This is a vital step in creating a truly joined up system that puts people first.
"Unless we change the way we work, the NHS and care system is heading for a crisis.
"This national commitment to working together is an important moment in ensuring we have a system which is fit for the future."
Dr Peter Carter, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) chief executive said the changes are a “step in the right direction”.
“It is right to identify a lack of integration between health and social care as a major factor in increasing pressure on acute and emergency care. This echoes what frontline staff have been telling us.
“We would like to see clarification around community workforce planning and local funding. For social care to properly relieve some of the strain on acute services, a larger community workforce is required, and community nursing staff must play an important role.
“As care coordinators, nursing staff work at the interface of health and social care services, and play a key role in ensuring that patients do not notice where these start and end.
“In addition, local authority budgets are not currently ring fenced and we would want reassurance that health service money is only spent on providing health and social care.
“We look forward to working with the Government and frontline staff to address these challenges to achieve greater integration and the best in patient care. If these plans reach fruition it really will help to give the public and patients the care and support they deserve.”
The announcement sees the publication of a system-wide “Shared Commitment”, which demonstrates how the national leaders of the health and care system have come together to help local areas make integration happen.
It includes ten commitments which every organisation has signed up to deliver, including:
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