National Voices welcomes integration report

Wed, 15 June 2016

National Voices has welcomed a new report on integration from the NHS Confederation, Local Government Association, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and NHS Clinical Commissioners.

National Voices has today welcomed Stepping up to the place: the key to successful health and care integration. The report has been published jointly by the NHS Confederation, Local Government Association, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and NHS Clinical Commissioners.

Commenting on the report, Don Redding, Director of Policy at National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities, said:

We commend the four organisations for practicing what they preach and creating a joined up vision for health and social care integration.

We are in agreement with the authors that services must be designed around the individual. People should be involved in decisions at every level, from agreeing the care and support they need, to co-designing services that meet the community’s needs.

The report calls for a single national outcomes framework for health, public health and social care, with flexibility to enable local leaders to determine their priorities. That framework should not be solely focused on clinical outcomes, but instead should be built on wellbeing outcomes such as independence, connectivity, and avoiding loneliness. The Realising the Value programme, of which National Voices is a partner, is working towards that single wellbeing-based framework.

This report represents a welcome move away from ‘what is the matter with you?’ towards ‘what matters to you?’.’

The People and Communities Board, one of the Five Year Forward View programme boards, has developed six principles to help NHS and social care services to engage people and communities.

For further information, contact Andrew McCracken on 020 3176 0737 or andrew.mccracken@nationalvoices.org.uk.