CIPFA is dedicated to public services and good public financial management. We are in a unique position to support and empower health and local government partners in their integrating care journey. We can help find solutions to the finance, governance and place-based challenges around the closer integration of health and care.
A new architecture for integration
The Health and Care Act 2022 provided a legislative framework to support closer integration of health and care. It put integrated care systems (consisting of a board and partnership) on a statutory basis, marking a new chapter in the integration journey.
The government’s approach to integration, as set out in a health and social care White Paper, focuses on prevention and a recognition of the importance of place-based partnerships as the engine of closer alignment between health and care. However, many questions remain at place level in relation to key elements of public financial management – including outcomes, governance and finance.
The renewed focus on integration presents a new opportunity for partners across the health and care sector to work differently. Taking a truly place-based and preventative approach could not only improve population health, but also help to ensure these vital services remain sustainable into the future.
CIPFA’s publication ‘Integrating care: policy, principles and practice for places’ provides an overview of the changes as a result of the Act and what integration is seeking to achieve. It considers the wider health and care landscape and addresses the remaining challenges at place level. The recommendations and case studies it contains, are intended to influence the development of further policy and guidance by central government, and to support practitioners at a local level.
To find out more on CIPFA’s work on integrating care, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org