The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has published a
new paper 'Towards whole person care'. This paper reviews the case
for change in the English health and care system and considers how
to move towards a 'whole person care' approach. It sets out broad
themes that IPPR intends to return to in its wider work on creating
a health and care system that is fit for the future.
The shadow secretary of state for health, Andy
Burnham MP, has called for reform to England's health and care
system to deliver 'whole person care'. There are two core elements
to this vision: making the connections between physical health,
mental health and social care needs, and supporting people to
remain in their own homes as long as they wish. The intention is
both to improve outcomes and to deliver better value for the money
we spend on health and social care.
As more and more people live for decades with long-term
conditions like diabetes and heart disease, the vast majority of
their treatment is self-care at home. Moving towards whole person
care must start with the person not the system, and focus on
delivering humanised, flexible care that can tackle issues like
loneliness as well as medical needs.
IPPR recommends that a number of person-centred guarantees are
at the heart of the vision for whole person care, focused on people
with long-term conditions and older people:
- a single point of contact for all care needs
- access to other people with the same condition who can provide
- online access to personal health and care records and the
ability to share these
- a personalised care plan covering health and social care
- the option of a personal budget, where this is helpful
The report can be downloaded from the IPPR website.