Health and Care Integration

  • Finding the right prescription

    08 April 2024

    Incremental improvements in collaboration, not wholesale change, is key to restoring faith in the health system, writes Matthew Taylor.


  • Future Forum: Care integration in ‘retreat’

    21 March 2024

    The co-operation between local government and the NHS hoped for with the advent of Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) is faltering, experts have said.


  • Future Forum: Relationship between councils and NHS 'dysfunctional at worst'

    20 March 2024

    The relationship between local government leaders and the NHS is ‘immature at best and dysfunctional at worst’, The MJ Future Forum has been told.


  • Daring to care pays off

    20 March 2024

    Integrated Care Boards face many challenges, yet one year on from her review, Patricia Hewitt offers an upbeat assessment and, says Aidan Rave, there is indeed room for optimism.


  • Health and care integration: is it worth it?

    06 March 2024

    Is health and care integration worth all the effort when the two systems are on their knees and everything seems to get harder and harder, asks managing director of Roretti Sanjay Mackintosh. 'The answer is it has to be.'


  • Don’t just ‘hope’ for change

    12 February 2024

    Matthew Taylor argues change in the healthcare system needs to come from the bottom up as well as top down, regardless of who wins the next General Election.


  • Radical place leadership

    06 February 2024

    Donna Hall says radical place leadership is about much more than a place-based pooled budget, and now is the time for a radical rebel alliance.


  • England should become a Marmot Nation

    30 January 2024

    ICSs will need to get firmly onto the front foot if they are to deliver their goals, including delivering more seamless health and social care services, say Phil Hope and Steve Barwick.


  • Funding announcement timing angers MPs

    25 January 2024

    A ministerial statement revealing councils would receive an additional £500m for adult social care was released while the Public Accounts Committee was holding an evidence session on the subject.


  • Delayed discharges up since 2021 despite £1.3bn extra funding

    05 December 2023

    Delayed hospital discharges have risen by 14% in two years despite the Government investing £1.3bn in tackling the issue.


  • Putting healthcare’s vision first

    27 November 2023

    Matthew Taylor says the challenge is to enable what happens in the NHS – the ‘industrial system’ – to succeed while also becoming more aligned with the wider ambition of the social model.


  • NAO slams progress on adult social care reform

    09 November 2023

    The Government’s progress on adult social care reform has been slammed in a damning report by the National Audit Office (NAO).


  • Nurturing integration

    17 July 2023

    After the first year of the Integrated Care Systems, Professor Martin Green asks what is working well, what is not, and how can we make integration better to deliver more effective health and social care services.


  • Taking stock of ICSs

    17 July 2023

    Integrated Care Systems have further to go, but partners recognise the need for collaborating and making the most of the opportunity they represent, says John O’Brien.


  • Care England calls for ICS representation

    10 July 2023

    A report by Care England into the progress of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) one year after their formation has called for provider representatives to be on every partnership or board.


  • Five principles to picking social care back up

    04 July 2023

    The MJ has launched a Care Commission to consider the policy failures of social care. Matthew Taylor and John Ransford outline some of the thinking so far.


  • Digging deep for much-needed reserves

    26 June 2023

    The latest Association of Directors of Adult Social Services spring survey shows a steep increase in the number of councils digging into their reserves to fund cost pressures. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Discharge delays overwhelming hospitals, NAO finds

    22 June 2023

    Delays to patient discharges have played a key role in overwhelming hospitals, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO).


  • Now is the time for action

    06 June 2023

    Ben Evans, Director at IMPOWER, discusses the future of integrated care and looks at the work the company has helped lead.


  • A quiet health revolution

    05 June 2023

    If health is to grasp the future, there needs to be an honest conversation with the public and a shift of accountability and responsibilities, says Matthew Taylor.