We welcome the launch of the Coalition for Collaborative Care
which brings together some of the most influential bodies in health
and social care to champion the transformation of support provided
for people with long-term health conditions.
More than 15 million people in the UK are living with a
long-term condition. They are the biggest users of NHS services but
they are spending a large amount of their own time managing their
care and support.
The Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC) is a
powerful alliance of partners within health, social care and the
voluntary sector which is committed to ensuring people have the
right support, knowledge, skills, power and confidence to co-design
their care and live the lives they want. It will provide the
opportunity for organisations to work more collaboratively across
sectors, and more closely in partnership with one another, to have
the greatest possible impact.
This innovative new alliance will focus on
re-framing the relationship between a person with long-term health
conditions and the professionals supporting them. - This
allows the expertise of both to be used most effectively to help
the person plan to manage their condition and maximise their
The C4CC will also put a strong emphasis on a
much more holistic approach in which there is less focus on the
condition in isolation and more on the full spectrum of support
that is required to enable people to be included in and play
active, valued roles within their own communities - an approach
developed by Nesta in its People Powered Health programme and often
called 'More than Medicine'.
But achieving these challenging goals requires a
big shift towards much greater use of these approaches to support
people. Though some have been developed for a number of years now,
they are still not happening at scale despite policy support and
evidence showing they work.
C4CC is building a powerful movement for this change to fully
realise the potential for person-centred care and collaborative
care and support. In Control is looking forward to supporting
the Coalition in making this a reality for people with long-term
Julie Stansfield, CEO for In Control, said: "Today marks
the start of what I hope will be a complete shift in how people
with long-term conditions are supported and I am pleased to see
that self-directed support and person-centred care and support sits
right at the very heart of this. For too long people have needed to
reluctantly accept services that do not fit or do not work with
multiple conditions, with no power in decision making. It is
culturally very difficult to change. With the right attitudes and
shift in power of decision making, we can start to turn the tide
and ensure that people can be fully in control and start to self
direct the support their own lives."
Martin Routledge, has been
seconded from In Control to take up the helm as director at the
Coalition for Collaborative Care.
Commenting in his new position, Martin Routledge, said: "We want
the Coalition to light the blue touch paper for big changes in how
people with long term conditions and professionals work together to
produce better lives. There is great potential for new and better
ways that people's expertise can come together for improved
"We are confident that the unique nature of our coalition -
bringing key organisations and people from across the system and
with lived experience into the room together with a clear focus and
purpose - models the change we are trying to make. We believe we
can have a real impact. But for deep, large scale change to happen
we need all those who believe there is real potential for
person-centred collaborative care to transform people's experience
and use resources better to join us on this journey."
C4CC is developing plans for action over the
coming months as well as launching a number of resources and
activities. Membership and partnership with the Coalition is open
to any individual or organisation with an interest in and
commitment to achieving person-centred, co-ordinated care.
For more details about what C4CC is setting out
to achieve and how you can be part of it, you can watch their video
or read their vision documents (available in easy-read format and
full) on the Coalition for Collaborative Care website at: www.coalitionforcollaborativecare.org.uk