This report by the King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust aims to support the development of the Department of Health’s national strategy on integrated care and to feed ideas directly into the ongoing work of the NHS Future Forum.
Integrated care is essential to meet the needs of the ageing population, transform the way that care is provided for people with long-term conditions and enable people with complex needs to live healthy, fulfilling, independent lives.
The report examines:
- the case for integrated care
- what current barriers to integrated care need to be overcome and how
- what the Department of Health can do to provide a supporting framework to enable integrated care to flourish
- options for practical and technical support to those implementing integrated care, including approaches to evaluating its impact.
The report asserts that developing integrated care should assume the same priority over the next decade as reducing waiting times had during the last.
The report makes a constructive contribution to the debate about integrated care and will be of interest to policymakers, health and social care commissioners, and researchers with an interest in integrated care, as well as to health and social care organisations.