The Challenges and Opportunities for Integrated Care, Examples From the Coal Face!

This source preferred by Michele Board

Authors: Board, M., Clarke, S. and bryant, R.

Start date: 14 April 2016

The current focus on integrated care within the NHS is the result of concern about service fragmentation for patients, and in particular a lack of coordination between primary, secondary and tertiary care. Following a grant from Health Education Wessex (HEW) to support Better Care initiatives this symposium will share examples of how integrated working across health and social care systems have been implemented. The presentations are being delivered by a nurse and a social worker giving examples of how they are delivering integrated care. The first presentation will discuss the making of a film made by health and social care staff who ‘shadowed’ each other in their respective roles. The staff share both their initial reservation then the insight they gained from the process. The film was presented to the broader team resulting in more staff agreeing to work alongside each other. The second presentation will focus on the development of the general practice nurse (GPN) workforce to meet the changes in the way health and social care are to be delivered (DH 2014; NHS England 2015) and to ensure a sustainable GPN workforce. The development of the GPNs, health care assistants as well as the assistant practitioner role will be discussed. The final session will share an example of how the voluntary and community sector have worked together to support carers. The carers hub is designed to be a 'one stop shop' where carers can gather information and seek support in relation to their caring role. The anticipated outcomes of the Carers Hub are that the carer becomes better informed and is therefore able to make choices clearly, and that social isolation will be reduced and professional and peer support are easily available. We will discuss the findings from the carers hub.

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