LGA & NHS England publish vision for integration

Earlier this month, the Local Government Association and NHS England published their planning 'vision' for how the pooling of £3.8 billion of funding, announced by the Government in the June spending round, will ensure a transformation in integrated health and social care.

The 'Integration Transformation Fund' is a single pooled budget for health and social care services to work more closely together in local areas. The publication provides a roadmap for local areas to plan in the run up to the fund taking full effect from 2015/16.

Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the Local Government Association said: "The Spending Round was extremely challenging for local government, reducing council budgets at a time of significant demand pressures.

"In this context the announcement of a £3.8 billion pooled budget for integration in the Spending Round is therefore a positive, practical move and can contribute to delivering our goal of using the money in the health and social care system to best effect.

He believes that the fund will support change and help in moving services towards preventative, community-based care that will enable more people to stay away from care in hospital and stay in a community settings for longer.

NHS England is also clear that this fund will create the opportunity needed to focus on improving outcomes for people by enabling truly integrated multi-agency working and help achieve the aim of a health and social care system that is truly seamless so people receive the right care at the right time in the right place.

Bill McCarthy, National Director of Policy at NHS England, said: "A lot has already been done but to succeed we need truly radical transformation. This funding is a catalyst for this change and a real opportunity to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society."

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Last Updated : 28 August 2013. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.