Integrated care for older people: Examining workforce and implementation challenges
The population of the UK is ageing. While many older people live well for longer with good health, there is a steady increase in the number of people with acute and chronic health conditions, and consequent pressures on health and social services.
This report is the first in a series investigating the workforce implications of moving towards an integrated health and social care system. It is widely acknowledged that integration is key to delivering more effective and efficient care, and the workforce will play a huge role in achieving this goal. But what does integration really mean for those working in health and social care? Do they need different skills and training? Is care likely to be delivered in a different setting? And how can we manage changing perceptions and expectations? These are some of questions that this project has begun to answer.
This report considers eight different ‘point’ models of care, describing the service provided and assessing economic, quality of care and workforce implications.