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Department of Health: Integrated care network to drive up Quality of Care

Press Release   •   Feb 02, 2010 10:58 GMT

Personalised, seamless care services for local people are at the heart of a new nation-wide community to drive up quality of care, share knowledge and shape policy, Health Minister Mike O’Brien and Care Services Minister Phil Hope announced today.

The announcement was made as Phil Hope visited an integrated health and social care service in Milton Keynes. The team is a single point of access for people with learning disabilities, bringing together local NHS services, social workers, dietitians, speech therapists and the local council to provide a full package of personalised care and support.

A new self-assessment tool launched today will give local health and social care services, like the Tower Drive Centre, the opportunity to join the new, extended integrated care community. Innovative services will become part of a new network to prompt debate, discussion and to challenge policy makers. They will share knowledge and best practice with the 16 existing integrated care pilot sites.

The Integrated Care Pilots community began with 16 sites in April 2009, looking beyond traditional health and social care boundaries to explore personalised, flexible and better joined up services. The expanded community will enable more sites to set up projects working across a range of sectors, such as children’s services, education, criminal justice and housing.

Health Minister Mike O’Brien said:

"We want to build on the success of the existing 16 integrated care pilot sites, working closely with their local communities to design health and social care services that work together seamlessly.

“We know that, for example, patients overcoming substance misuse can frequently have housing problems or social care needs as well as health ones. By expanding the integrated care community we can help provide people with the properly co-ordinated streamlined support they need to help manage their condition or situation effectively."

Care Services Minister Phil Hope said:

“If local NHS and social care services work together, we can cut costs and improve people’s quality of life. Our new network will help showcase services, share best practice and drive up the quality of care across the country.

“We will soon set out a blueprint for a new National Care Service that is fair, simple and affordable for all adults in England. It will build on the best elements of the current system, such as joined-up services that provide people with seamless and personalised care and support.”

When the pilot scheme ends in March 2011, the national programme will capture the knowledge and learning generated by all participating sites, to shape understanding and practice in delivery of health and care in the future. The participating sites will identify best practice and help sustain integrated services for the local community long after the pilot scheme is over.

Notes to editors

  • The programme of Integrated Care Pilots (ICP) is a two-year Department of Health (DH) initiative. In April 2009, 16 Integrated Care Pilot sites were launched around the country. Its purpose is to explore different ways of providing health and social care services to help drive improvements in local health and wellbeing.
  • For more information on the ICP programme, and to access the new self-assessment tool, visit the Department of Health website on: . The tool will be available to download from 2 February until the ICP programme ends in March 2011.
  • Each of the 16 current sites have developed new methods to help respond to particular local health needs. The health issues being tackled in each pilot include dementia, care for the elderly, substance misuse, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and end of life care. The methods involved vary widely; they include partnerships, new systems and care pathways that span primary, community, secondary and social care.
  • The current 16 pilots, announced on 1 April 2009, are:
  • Bournemouth and Poole Teaching PCT
    Cambridgeshire ICO
    Church View Medical Practice, Sunderland
    NHS Cumbria
    Durham Dales Integrated Care Organisation
    Northamptonshire Integrated Care Partnership
    North Tyneside PCT
    Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT
    NHS Norfolk and Norfolk County Council
    Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
    North Cornwall Practice-Based Commissioning Group
    Principia - Partners in Health, Nottinghamshire
    NHS Tameside and Glossop
    Torbay Care Trust
    Tower Hamlets PCT
    Wakefield Integrated Substance Misuse Service

  • The existing 16 pilots were selected after a rigorous assessment process, following over 700 expressions of interest and 100 applications. Although the pilots have designed new models for delivering care, they have key features of the current health system, such as choice, competition, and the role of the PCT as the commissioner of local health services.
  • The ICP programme will be evaluated over three years against a set of national and local measures, including impact on health outcomes, improved quality of care, service user satisfaction, and effective relationships and systems.
  • For more details please contact the Department of Health Press Office on 020 7210 5221.
  • About plans for a National Care Service

  • The Green Paper Shaping the Future of Care Together can be found at
  • There are currently around four people of working age for every person retired. By 2050, this will halve to two people. So, there will be half the amount of people paying taxes to support the increasing numbers in retirement.
  • The Green Paper, Shaping the Future of Care Together, published on 14 July, set out a vision for a National Care Service. A service that is fair, simple and affordable for all adults. Everyone in England will be guaranteed:
  • ·      Prevention services - the right support to stay independent and well for as long as possible and to delay care needs getting worse.

    ·      National assessment - care needs will be assessed and paid for in the same way across the country.

    ·      Joined-up services - all the services will work together smoothly. Information and advice – the care system will be easy to understand and navigate.

    ·      Personalised care and support - services will be based on personal circumstances and need.

    ·      Fair funding - money will be spent wisely and everyone will get some help meeting the high cost of care needs

  • For more details about the National Care Service, please contact the Department of Health Press Office on 020 7210 5221.
  • Contacts

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