Fourteen integration pioneers announced
Caring Times, December 2013
In early November the government announced the 14 “pioneer” areas that have been chosen to spearhead plans to integrate health and social care by 2018.
Care services minister Norman Lamb said the announcement marked the start of a “quiet revolution” in the care of older and disabled adults. Plans put forward by the 14 – who were chosen from 99 expressions of interest – include setting up multidisciplinary teams to support service users, providing people with integrated care plans and single points of contact and setting up seven-day services.
The pioneers will be supported by a central team that will help them overcome barriers to integration.
Alzheimer’s Society comment:
‘This promise of joined up working in health and social care is encouraging and dementia has rightly been highlighted as a priority, but we can’t ignore the fact that social care services are still drastically underfunded.
Many people with dementia rely as much on social care as they do on the NHS. Better care and support packages to help them remain in the community for as long as possible can’t come soon enough.’
The 14 pioneers from across England were selected from 111 applicants. The areas selected are Barnsley, Cheshire, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Greenwich, Islington, Leeds, Kent, North West London, North Staffordshire, South Devon and Torbay, Southend, South Tyneside, Waltham Forest and East London and City and Worcestershire.