The Department of Health invited local areas to express an interest in becoming integrated care pioneers in May 2013. Over 100 areas applied and have been reduced to a shortlist, which will be whittled down further by the panel to select the first group of pioneers.
The panel will select the best examples of ways that healthcare, care and support, and other services for groups such as the elderly and those with disabilities, can work seamlessly together.
The pioneers will be encouraged and supported to work innovatively, to share findings and to confront any current barriers to care being joined up and focused on the needs of individuals, and will be provided with central support in doing this from the national partners through NHS Improving Quality.
The panel considering the bids consists of:
- Jennifer Dixon, Nuffield Trust (Chair)
- Jon Glasby, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham
- Chris Ham, The King’s Fund
- Göran Henriks, Jönköping County Council, Sweden
- Sharon Levine, Kaiser Permanente, USA
- Geraint Martin, Counties Manukau, New Zealand
- Catherine Pollard, Monitor
- Don Redding, National Voices
- Jon Rouse, Department of Health
- Sally Warren, Public Health England
- Andrew Webster, Local Government Association
- John Young, NHS England
- Jenny Owen, ADASS
In May 2013, the Department of Health and a range of national partners published a shared commitment on how they will help local areas to integrate services. The aim is to bring the fragmented parts of the system together, and make sure services are shaped around the needs of people.
Norman Lamb, Care and Support Minister, said:
It is essential that health and care services are properly joined up. It will mean people get better care, and will help relieve pressure on every part of the system. This is why we are looking for the best proposals on how to make integrated care a reality.