A practical guide to integrated working

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Integrated care | Tags: , |

Care Services Improvement Partnership  

What is integrated care?

Integrated care refers to advanced arrangements for joint working. In the context of this book the focus is on health and local authority care provision for children and adults, which at times will include Housing and Leisure services. The broad context of Local Area Agreements and joint strategic needs assessment which must underpin such collaboration is set in Section 5 of this guide.

What is the Integrated Care Network?

The Integrated Care Network (icn) provides information and support to frontline nhs and local government organisations seeking to improve the quality of provision to service users, patients and carers by integrating the planning and delivery of services. Key to the role of the icn is facilitating communication between frontline organisations and government, so that policy and practice inform each other effectively. The icn is part of the Care Services Improvement Partnership (csip).

Care Services Improvement Partnership

CSIP was launched on 1 April 2005 after a formal public consultation. Our main goal is to support positive changes in services and the well-being of:

• people with mental health problems

• people with learning disabilities

• older people with health and social care needs

• children and families

• people with health and social care needs in the criminal justice system.

ICN offers advice on partnerships and integration that cut across all services in health and social care. It works closely with other networks and programmes across csip to ensure synergy in improvements.

History of the guide

This is an updated version of Integrated Working: A Guide (2004). The contents of both versions have been devised and written by Peter Thistlethwaite, who is a specialist R&D consultant in integrated care. Like its predecessor, the new version has been designed and edited at Dartington Social Research Unit by Kevin Mount.

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