Health and Care Integration

  • Birmingham to scrap controversial care service reorganisation

    16 May 2019

    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

    15 May 2019

    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

    14 May 2019

    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

    27 March 2019

    Councils have been urged to be more ‘courageous’ in their adult social care provision.

  • Making better discharge decisions needs a whole-system approach

    11 March 2019

    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

    28 February 2019

    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.

  • Edinburgh facing £30m health and care cuts

    11 February 2019

    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

    07 February 2019

    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

    30 January 2019

    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

    30 January 2019

    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

    29 January 2019

    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.

  • The risk paradox

    23 January 2019

    The conflict between ‘traditional’ public sector risk management and the pace required to deliver innovative and sustainable services poses a problem for councils, says Andy Begley.

  • Where do councils fit into the NHS plan?

    15 January 2019

    Last week’s publication of the NHS Long Term Plan signals a fundamental shift towards community-based services and a focus on reducing health inequalities. Michael Burton looks at its implications for local government

  • NHS long term plan only offers part of the solution

    14 January 2019

    Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board Ian Hudspeth says until social care is fully funded and public health budget cuts reversed, pumping funding into the NHS continues to be the same as 'pouring water into a sink with no plug in it'.

  • Unlocking the power of people

    08 January 2019

    Donna Hall says Greater Manchester’s radical new place-based model is bringing together teams to help support each family and each person in their area.

  • Future Forum North: End 'feudal' NHS structure to create place-based service

    07 December 2018

    Work remains to reform the ‘feudal structure’ of the NHS before the full potential of health and care integration can be realised, The MJ's Future Forum North event has heard.

  • A winning approach to care and health

    04 December 2018

    St Helens MBC and its partners have addressed the pressing challenges of rising health and care demand and falling budgets with a programme that this year made it a winner in the Care and Health Integration category in The MJ Awards 2018

  • A tale of two cities

    28 November 2018

    Martin Ford examines the results of different approaches to integration of health and social care in Nottingham and Manchester

  • Partnering up for care solutions

    28 November 2018

    Health and social care workers are thin on the ground, so will a new digital tool aimed at making it easier to recruit them make a vital difference? Ann McGauran finds out

  • Top tips for working with CQC teams

    17 October 2018

    The Care Quality Commission highlighted many positive aspects of Bradford’s local health and social care system in its targeted review. Kersten England and Helen Hirst outline what they learned from the process