Breaking down barriers to better health and care (England)

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NHS England have recently revised their resources on integrated care aiming to raise awareness about the amount of innovative practice that is taking place around the country to develop integrated care systems and how this is improving services for patients.

This includes an English briefing, Breaking down barriers to better health and care, it sets out why the NHS is joining up services and working more collaboratively through STPs and integrated care systems. This briefing builds on recent written evidence from NHS England and NHS Improvement to the Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry on integrated care.

To make sense of their work to local communities, they have also recently produced:

  • web pages exploring the first integrated care systems in detail;
  • a series of videos showing how partnership and integration are making a difference, which include:
    • joining up care and support for older people in Dorset
    • preventing unnecessary hospital admissions by offering better support in Lancashire care homes
    • helping people in South London to live independently, in partnership with the local Age UK
    • local councils and GPs working together in Sussex to combat isolation and reduce health risks
    • saving lives by transforming services for people in Greater Manchester who have had a stroke

They hope these will help people to better understand proposals to join up health and care.

For professionals there is an NHS fortnightly bulletin sharing news, views and good local practice related to integrated care  Click here to subscribe.

If you are involved in developing integrated care systems, or are already part of one please do get in touch ( or send us a data impact example that we can use with stakeholders to raise the profile of the profession and add to the examples used our reports.  The templates are available here:

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