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.
- 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