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Closer integration of social care and health 'vital'

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New cultures and methods of working together are key to more effective health and social care services, according to a guide from the Department of Health's Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP).

Practical guide to integrated working outlines some of the central challenges experienced in local care economies and offers a new approach towards the true integration of health and care services.

Integration 'crucial'

Author Peter Thistlethwaite said: “Integration is not just about policy and nor is this guide. It is about individuals and teams from diverse organisations and backgrounds working together in new ways to deliver greater service improvements and effective outcomes for the benefit of their communities."

“The evidence is clear: integrated systems are more effective ones. We need to arm local leaders, policy makers, managers and front-line staff to be better prepared to deliver the health and social care challenges of the 21st century in a more integrated way," Mr Thistlewaite added.

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