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Jon Skone looks at some of the assumptions that lie behind the integrated care rhetoric, and asks if enough is really understood about the fundamental differences between health and social care services and their distinctive objectives. [22-May-2013]
Two recent King’s Fund reports have addressed the need for specialist roles in making integration work; and how to build more collaborative relationships with patients, care users and communities. Our briefing looks at the main conclusions from both reports. [14-Jul-2016]
This week’s report from ADASS and the other UK Directors’ Associations looks at what has been learned across the four home nations, about successful routes to health and social care integration. Our briefing provides concise summary of, and comment on, its conclusions. [25-Nov-2013]
In this Special Report, Jon Skone describes his experience of being asked to take on the role of County Director for his Local Health Board alongside his role of Director of Social Services for Pembrokeshire County Council. [01-Nov-2012]
In this Special Report Mike Lauerman argues that understanding the service and professional landscape is an essential prerequisite for practitioners in any field. But he suggests that the social care/social services landscape is fraught with uncertainty. Mike looks at the background to that uncertainty and offers some initial pointers to the intrinsic skills, values and behaviours that might be helpful in adapting to, and meeting, the challenges presented by an ever-changing landscape. [02-Mar-2016]
The period immediately before Xmas saw the publication of a number of guidance documents for those bringing in the new integrated arrangements for health and social care in Scotland. Given the pre-holiday timing, our Special Report provides a reminder of the published materials, and a synopsis of their key content.
This Special Report is based on presentations and discussion at Social Work Scotland’s recent annual conference – the major gathering point for those engaged in social care north of the border. The report provides a summary of presentational material and of groupwork contributions that illustrate the concerns and challenges faced by those pursuing the new arrangements for integration, and crucially, begins to set out what the essential elements must be for any new systems designed to support that integration. [02-Jul-2015]
Our briefing, on the recently published indicators for Integration Authorities, simply presents the core information on the approach adopted. The briefing is designed for people who may not choose to open the main document but who may want to know the overall success factors on which their work, and that of their organisations, will be judged, in the future. [23-Apr-2015]
Two of this week’s highlighted publications deal with research evidence for the effects of more integrated care. One looks at the specific contribution of joint financing arrangements. The other looks at the lessons from current developments in the USA. Our briefing provides initial summary of key points from both reports. [01-Apr-2014]
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