Integrated care network announced4th February 2010
The government has outlined an integrated care network initiative to provide personalised, seamless care services for local people.
Health Minister Mike O’Brien and Care Services Minister Phil Hope point to the approach being at the heart of a new nationwide community to drive up quality of care, share knowledge and shape policy.
Proposals will see one team offering a single point of access for people with learning disabilities, bringing together local NHS services, social workers, dieticians, speech therapists and the local council to provide a full package of personalised care and support.
The move follows the introduction of 16 Integrate Care Pilots last April that were designed to look beyond traditional health and social care boundaries to explore personalised and better joined up services.
Mr O’Brien said: “We want to build on the success of the existing 16 integrated care pilot sites, working closely with their local communities to design health and social care services that work together seamlessly.
“By expanding the integrated care community we can help provide people with the properly co-ordinated streamlined support they need to help manage their condition or situation effectively.”
Mr Hope said: “If local NHS and social care services work together, we can cut costs and improve people’s quality of life. We will soon set out a blueprint for a new National Care Service that is fair, simple and affordable for all adults in England.
"It will build on the best elements of the current system such as joined-up services that provide people with seamless and personalised care and support.”
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Title: Integrated care network announced
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 13971
Date Added: 4th Feb 2010