Health and Care Integration
Why Staffordshire dares to care
Without a national solution, it’s likely councils will have to intervene even more in the care of the elderly. Dr Richard Harling explains why Staffordshire CC has chosen to launch its own nursing home venture
Is the ‘under the radar’ devolution of the NHS the future for our health and social care system?
Phil Hope and Steve Barwick highlight a new essay collection that reveals an ‘under the radar’ trend for devolution of the NHS. They ask: is devolution the future for health and social care?
Enabling a single version of the truth
Samantha Fitzgerald describes how Northamptonshire’s real time health and social care capacity tool is integrating system data to reduce pressure on accident and emergency departments and help manage capacity within adult social care.
Accelerating positive change with shared perspectives
Paul Little outlines how the range of new perspectives and experiences he encountered with colleagues throughout England while on the Accelerate course has helped him rise to the challenge of setting up combined health and social care teams.
Lack of social care funding undermines NHS investment
Insufficient resources in the care system will undermine investment in the NHS, new research has suggested.
Digital transformation must be based on a clear strategy for change
David Newell says if the UK, and health and care services across the world, fail to adopt new technology-enabled models of care provision, current services will become even more unaffordable and unsustainable
Changing the system for cancer care
Ewan King outlines how the Macmillan Local Authority Partnership Programme (MLAPP) is assessing the needs of people with cancer in a holistic way, with councils playing a crucial role as convenors
The sound of silence
The history of attempts to achieve joined-up health and social care reads like a bad songbook for people of a certain age, says Martin Farrow.
Birmingham to scrap controversial care service reorganisation
A long-running industrial dispute between Birmingham City Council and care workers is expected to end after reorganisation plans were dropped.
Salford strides ahead on integration
Charlotte Ramsden says almost 20 years of integrated working by Salford City Council and Salford CCG is delivering better outcomes - and the majority of children's services are now included in the pooled health and care fund.
Integration offers chance to invest in prevention
A new approach to investing in prevention can be achieved through the integration of health and care systems, according to a report.
Risk-taking in social care provision can yield results, study finds
Councils have been urged to be more ‘courageous’ in their adult social care provision.
Making better discharge decisions needs a whole-system approach
Social care and the NHS should analyse Delayed Transfer of Care (DToC) statistics on a system basis rather than at the organisational level so that their true cost becomes clear, says a new analysis from Newton. Dan Peters reports.
Shared values breed success
Redbridge LBC is ranked number one in the iMPOWER adult social care productivity rankings. Cllr Mark Santos and Adrian Loades describe the council’s winning approach.
An overly bold strategy
How to read the minor Manx scandal involving an alleged ‘cut and paste’ job on an integrated care strategy from over the sea in Wigan?
Edinburgh facing £30m health and care cuts
Health and social care services in Edinburgh would be ‘jeopardised’ by proposed funding shortfalls, it has been claimed.
Devolution is the key to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan
Now is the time for local government, combined authorities and mayors to work with the NHS, says Phil Hope - to go beyond the ambition in the long-term plan and build a fully devolved integrated community-based health and social care system.
Health secretary seeking cross-party support for care funding
A range of funding options will be laid out in the adult social care Green Paper in a bid to find the method with the widest support, health secretary Matt Hancock has said.
Corporate memory: A valuable and scarce resource
Short term planning seems to prevail at present, says Lawrence Conway. But he believes district councils will continue to play their part in ensuring their collective knowledge informs long term plans for local communities' prosperity.
A council’s culture eats its strategies for breakfast, dinner and tea
Rip up all those wordy strategies that hardly anyone even reads. They just don’t work, says Donna Hall. She describes a better way for council chief executives and leaders to spend their time.