The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a report this week into how well care for older people is integrated across health and social care, as well as the impact on older people who use services and their families and carers.
Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers warns that despite a widespread commitment for integration across the sectors, substantial progress is needed to better support people who use a number of services, reduce hospital admissions and avoid confusion about where to go for help. The report concludes that with a growing elderly population, now is the time to act. The report highlights many instances of good practice where those providing and commissioning health and social care share information and co-ordinate services for older people. The report sets out the barriers to delivering joined up care. It concludes with five key recommendations for health and social care leaders.
UCLPartners was invited to contribute to the report through its expert advisory group because of our experience in supporting systems of integrated care. Jenny Shand, Director at UCLPartners and Executive Lead at Care City, said: “This marks an important step in our system’s commitment and transition to place-based care, and exploring how to move away from an organisation to a population based assessment programme. We were delighted to be able to share our experience, and in particular our work on understanding what matters most to older people, to shape the lines of inquiry.”
Visit the UCLPartners website to find out more about our work in population health and place-based care and what matters most to older people.
Read the full Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers report on the CQC website.