Health and Care Integration

  • We will spell out the benefits delivered by districts' wellbeing services

    17 January 2022

    We need a long term strategy that revitalises leisure and wellbeing services to level up the health of the nation and place them firmly within Integrated Care Systems, says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Councils should consider pressures index similar to NHS

    11 January 2022

    Local government should look at introducing a pressures index similar to the NHS to measure the risks to the critical services it provides, council chiefs have suggested.

  • Councils express integrated care system sidelining fears

    23 December 2021

    Local authority leaders are concerned they are being excluded as governance structures are put in place for the new bodies.

  • A whole lot of papers

    13 December 2021

    December has been a tale of two White Papers. The one that is and the one that is yet to be, writes Dr Jonathan Carr-West.

  • Social care reform: what lies ahead?

    23 November 2021

    Sally Warren lays out four principles that should be at the centre of a ‘radically realistic’ White Paper on social care reform and asks if its vision will be the right one?

  • A bold local route to better mental health

    17 November 2021

    Local Living Well sites put people with complex mental health needs in control of their support and encourages them to set their own recovery goals. The programme is proud of its success, says Tally Daphu.

  • Grasping the thistle

    02 November 2021

    So much of the pandemic’s huge challenges involve workforce issues, as Steven McNab, outgoing president of the Scottish HR directors' society, tells Michael Burton.

  • Let's take our chance to get things right on the health gap

    26 October 2021

    Ten years after Professor Marmot’s initial report the health gap has grown, says Gill Kneller. Along with other partners, local councils have a key role to play in connecting with communities to turn this curve, she believes.

  • A compelling national vision for local government

    14 October 2021

    Becoming part of a ‘medicalised treatment-based model’ is the last thing social care needs, says Professor Donna Hall, as she puts forward the beginnings of a new vision for local government.

  • Letting the poppies bloom

    13 October 2021

    Heather Jameson says the Conservative conference has put levelling up and skills front and centre, but voters may be looking for a short-term fix.

  • We need an equal partnership between the NHS and councils on health and care

    08 October 2021

    When is a local health and care partnership not a partnership? If we are not careful when it's an integrated care system, say Phil Hope and Steve Barwick.

  • Councils must recognise the threat to locally delivered social care

    05 October 2021

    The local government sector, and the bodies which represent it, need to switch from a stance that welcomes small steps to one that recognises the existential threat that locally delivered social care now faces, argues Jessica Studdert.

  • A critical juncture for integration

    29 September 2021

    While the media spotlight is heavily focusing on health and social care, it is vital to incorporate ‘true integration’ into all services and areas as the race to attract and retain staff becomes more competitive. Chris Barrow explains.

  • Social care plan is quickly losing its sheen

    16 September 2021

    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

    15 September 2021

    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

    14 September 2021

    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

    14 September 2021

    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

    03 September 2021

    New analysis of health and care integration pilots has questioned the benefits they bring about.

  • Time for an Olympic Gold Social Care System

    11 August 2021

    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

    10 August 2021

    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.