Integration for social enterprise

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Social enterprise | Tags: , |

Care Services Improvement Partnership


Social enterprise together with personalisation, integration and choice are concepts being embraced and implemented ever more widely. Many community groups, as well as offering flexibility and diversity in provision, will be uniquely placed to better support the hard-to-engage and disadvantaged groups within a community.

As this briefing notes: ‘Where there is personalisation there must be diversity of provision to support choice. Where there is choice and a mixed economy of provision it is important to obtain efficient practice.’

It goes on to illustrate that markets can challenge inefficiency – but the ‘m’ word raises fears of commercialisation and profit in services funded by the taxpayer for some of society’s most vulnerable people.

A community business that reinvests its surplus largely or entirely back into the business (and therefore the community) overcomes many such qualms. 

This briefing provides valuable insight into the various forms of social enterprise that public bodies and community groups can consider – and the many issues and challenges they must analyse and resolve before going down this route.

Julia Thompson

Network Manager

Integrated Care Network

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A practical guide to integrated working

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

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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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