Integration leaders lack understanding of social care

Complete understanding of local government and social care is still lacking in integrated care systems, a new report from the Social Care Institute for Excellence has concluded in its latest report.

Integration agenda leaders have told SCIE that they need more opportunities to learn from other professions and sectors, and help with scaling innovation and working and influencing across multiple layers of governance.

Integrated care systems (ICS) were rolled out in 2017 to put an end to “fractured” care systems but with no basis in law, are entirely dependent on a collaborative approach to leadership. They also require the ability to meet new and unique challenges, such as the need to exert influence across an even larger range of organisations and co-produce services with people who use them.

In the report, SCIE identifies that leaders in ICSs need to be skilled at identifying and scaling innovation (e.g. from pilots), have outcomes and population health at their centre and support the development of multidisciplinary teams (MDTs).

The first 10 ICSs started in 2017, and four more were announced in 2018. ICS areas can be viewed online.  

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