Practices lead on integrated care organisation pilots

The first pilots of integrated health organisations, merging health and social care, have been launched.

The 16 pilot projects are expected to cost £4m and will involve collaborations between GP practices, trusts, private providers, social services and charities to respond to a specific local health need.

Health minister Ben Bradshaw said patients with long-term conditions were frequent users of social care too.

‘This programme provides an opportunity for clinicians - working closely with the community more widely - to use their ‘on the ground’ knowledge to design services that are flexible, personalised and seamless,’ he said.

‘That way, people will get the integrated health and social care they need, all in one place.’

The health issues being tackled in the pilots include dementia, care for the elderly, substance misuse, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and end of life care.

The winning pilots are:

  • Bournemouth and Poole Teaching PCT
  • Cambridge Assura Limited Liability Partnership
  • Church View Medical Practice, Sunderland
  • NHS Cumbria Durham Dales Integrated Care Organisation
  • Nene Commissioning Community Interest Company
  • Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT
  • NHS Norfolk and Norfolk County Council
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Cornwall Practice-Based Commissioning Group
  • Principia – Partners in Health, Nottinghamshire
  • NHS Tameside and Glossop
  • Torbay Care Trust
  • Tower Hamlets PCT
  • Wakefield Integrated Substance Misuse Service

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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