Social care providers must play a central part in the delivery of health and care services in the new Integrated Care Systems (ICS), the National Care Forum has said.
From Friday 1 July, 42 ICS across England were put on a statutory footing, taking responsibility for commissioning from Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). The intention behind the transition to ICS is to create a more joined-up health and care system.
Commenting NCF chief executive Professor Vic Rayner said: “Social care providers bring … deep insight and understanding of the people and communities they service. It’s therefore essential that social care providers play a central role in the shaping and delivery of health and social care services.”
As the leading voice of the not-for-profit sector, the National Care Forum (NCF) has created a range of dedicated resources and information to help social care providers understand, navigate and improve the integration between health and social care as they work together under this new framework.
ICS resources to support care providers are available on the NCF website.