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Care Act 2014: How should local authorities deliver the care and support reforms? Please give us your views


Integration, cooperation and partnerships

For people to receive high quality health and care and support, local services need to work in a more joined-up way to eliminate the disjointed care that can be a source of frustration, and which often results in poor care and a negative impact on health and wellbeing.

Our vision is for integrated, person-centred care and support. As part of a wider suite of reforms that will enable this vision to become a reality, the Care Act requires greater integration and co-operation between health, care and support, and the wider determinants of health such as housing.

The philosophy underpinning the government’s approach to care and support is that it is person-centred, with the needs of the individual driving how care is designed and delivered by local services. For this to become a reality, local authorities and their partners need to work together to integrate services wherever possible so that the services people receive are properly joined-up. It will also require local partners to work in cooperation when designing and delivering services for their populations and for specific individuals.

The draft guidance on integration, co-operation and partnerships covers:

  • strategic planning at the local level between partner organisations
  • integrating service provision and combining and aligning processes
  • the requirements of the general duty to cooperate
  • ensuring cooperation between the different functions within local authorities
  • the process for requiring cooperation of a partner in specific cases

Question 47: Does the draft statutory guidance provide a framework that will support local authorities and their partners to make integration a reality locally?

Read: guidance on integration, co-operation and partnerships The Care and Support (Provision of Health Services) Regulations 2014 The Care and Support (Discharge of Hospital Patients) Regulations 2014 Back to integration, cooperation and partnership

Question 48: Are there any ways the guidance can better support cooperation locally?

Read: guidance on integration, co-operation and partnerships The Care and Support (Provision of Health Services) Regulations 2014 The Care and Support (Discharge of Hospital Patients) Regulations 2014 Back to integration, cooperation and partnership

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