Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

Moving ahead with integration


With integration emerging as the great hope for health and social care finances this insight looks at the conditions needed for assimilation to be successful.








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With health and social care finances under increasing pressure and little sign that the government can afford to pump in the additional resources which would be needed to maintain historic arrangements, the integration of health with social care has emerged as the great hope across all political parties. 

However, local health and social care providers don’t yet have a secure basis for medium-term planning, and without that there is a danger that the promising start represented by the Better Care Fund, devolution initiatives and pilots linked to the five-year forward plan for the NHS will be dissipated.

This CIPFA Briefing looks at the conditions needed for integration to be successful.