SCIE have launched 'Integration - Step by Step' - an online tool
to help organisations achieve excellence in delivery of all their
'Integration' is about working together to achieve better
outcomes. When integration works well, people using services and
carers report high levels of satisfaction. Organisations providing
services and professionals say it benefits them too.
In an environment where there is more and more emphasis on the
need for better quality of care, support for the needs of the
individual, a shift towards personalisation and person-centred care
and unprecedented pressure on health and social care providers to
look for cost savings, knowing how to achieve integration is yet
another challenge facing many organisations.
Against this backdrop, SCIE researchers have identified the
factors most associated with successful integrated working and
created a tool that supports organisations to achieve excellence in
all their services and develop effective integration.
Effective integration usually results in working in different
ways with different people - this in itself can be a challenge
because of the need to change relationships, shift perceptions and
share responsibilities and information.
SCIE say that using 'Integration - Step by Step' organisations
will be helped to establish effective professional relationships
with colleagues across sector and service boundaries and encourage
and support people to turn this into a natural way of working,
establishing a common purpose and avoiding many of the pitfalls
faced by those looking to change their ways of working.
To read more about the SCIE integration tool visit