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Shared learning: one key to social care integration, says Care England

Shared learning platforms and better representation for social care are among the recommendations for integrated care systems made by Care England.

To mark the first anniversary of ICS, Care England has called for ICS to improve integration with social care through the following measures:

  • Adult social care representation on the integrated care partnership or board
  • Ringfenced long-term national funding for ICSs  
  • Comprehensive market assessment of adult social care markets within the ICS
  • Development of a national Adult Social Care Workforce Strategy by Government.
  • Shared learning platforms

The report: A Year of  Integrated Care Systems’ highlights barriers to integration including limited, or omissive, engagement with the adult social care sector, sector diversity, historic financial pressures, political disincentives and lack of digital interoperability.

Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, said: “Bridging the gap between the health and social care sectors stretches beyond the reorganisation of the structures. It is about bringing system partners together under one banner, reforming practice, and improving service delivery. Outcomes must come before process and bureaucracy.”  

To find out more about ICS, read the July-August issue of Care Home Management, which features a special focus on the first year of ICS. Plus there is an exclusive online feature with Herefordshire & Worcestershire ICS.

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