Care UK: ‘we need to make the most of joined-up services’
As the Health and Social Care Bill entered its second reading in February, Care UK called on politicians to maximise the opportunities offered by greater integration of health and social care.
Care UK chief executive Mike Parish welcomed the fact that the two areas were being considered in tandem, saying social care solutions exist today that can help reduce hospital admissions by maintaining people’s independence and activity for longer, by better management of long term conditions and by the use of care at home and residential care settings to allow earlier release form hospital.
“With hospital bed space costing several times more than homecare or residential care, this can immediately save the NHS a great deal of money,” said Mr Parish.
“It is also a better solution for patients – no-one wants to be in hospital unless it is absolutely necessary and hospitals are not best equipped to dea