Health and Care Integration
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.
Chief execs – a vital part of change
The strategic leadership role of council chief executives in wider health and care systems is often under-appreciated, says Paul Najsarek, but if the Government wants to deliver meaningful change then they will have a crucial role to play.
Councils 'broadly support' focus of Health and Care Bill
Councils ‘broadly support’ the focus of the Health and Care Bill introduced into Parliament today on improving the health and wellbeing of the population, says the Local Government Association (LGA).
Counties can do the strategic and the local
The strategic abilities of local government to deliver national priorities locally and the real localism counties have shown could be a positive pandemic legacy, says Cllr Tim Oliver.
ICS: Listen to local government if we are to succeed in joining up health and care
David McKinney argues that Integrated Care Systems (ICS) will fall at the first hurdle if local authorities aren’t viewed and treated as equal partners.
HMJ: Unlocking the power of communities
Luca Tiratelli, senior policy researcher at New Local, argues the remedy for healthcare’s challenges is community power as it prevents problems from occurring in the first place