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Integrating health and social care

Working together: a summary of health and social care integration projects

Skills for Health and Skills for Care have worked closely for a number of years and have recently taken stock of our work with many employers across both sectors. Our review has resulted in the development of engaging case studies. These share valuable lessons and outcomes in workforce development which will benefit many organisations in both health and social care.

Impacts

We examined projects which demonstrated impacts on key objectives which are important to people in health and social care. The four key impacts were:

  • reducing avoidable hospital admissions
  • reablement and timely hospital discharges
  • smoother transitions
  • better use of resources

Projects that supported the reduction in avoidable hospital admissions included:

  • Assessment and crisis management make big impact – West Sussex Integrated Dementia Crisis Service
  • Champions for learning disabilities – Enable Care and Home Support End of Life Project
  • Culture change – Jewish Care, Dementia Care Development Project
  • Embracing change for early intervention – Hampshire County Council Sensory and Deaf Services
  • Integrating health and social care – Nottingham City Council, JackDawe Service
  • It’s a WRAP! – Hampshire County Council and Southern Healthcare Trust
  • Meeting a growing need – Housing 21, End of Life Care Learning Resource Pack
  • New job role delivers seamless service – St Monica Trust
  • Partnership with health that delivers – Care2Care Services
  • Peer support provides solutions – Sutton Mental Health Foundation
  • Right place, right time, right team – Thurrock Rapid Response – Eastern region
  • Using assistive technology to improve lives – Norfolk County Council
  • Case management makes savings – Bennett House
  • End of Life Care delivery pilot hailed a success – Community Services Bury
  • Staff engagement “vital” in service redesign of integrated care – Knowsley Integrated Service

Projects that supported reablement and timely hospital discharges included:

  • Assessment and crisis management make big impact – West Sussex Integrated Dementia Crisis Service
  • Champions for learning disabilities – Enable Care and Home Support End of Life Project
  • Culture change – Jewish Care, Dementia Care Development Project
  • Embracing change for early intervention – Hampshire County Council Sensory and Deaf Services
  • ‘Home first’ policy saves money – Community Dementia Support Team, Bracknell Forest Borough Council
  • Integrating health and social care – Nottingham City Council, JackDawe Service
  • It’s a WRAP! – Hampshire County Council and Southern Healthcare Trust
  • Meeting a growing need – Housing 21, End of Life Care Learning Resource Pack
  • New job role delivers seamless service – St Monica Trust
  • Partnership with health that delivers – Care2Care Services
  • Reablement for independent living – Leeds Adult Services
  • Right place, right time, right team – Thurrock Rapid Response – Eastern region
  • Rolling out modernisation – County Durham Care and Support Learning Disability Day Services
  • Service users can also be service providers – Gateshead and South Tyneside Sight Service

Projects that supported smoother transitions

  • Culture change – Jewish Care, Dementia Care Development Project
  • Embracing change for early intervention – Hampshire County Council Sensory and Deaf Services
  • Meeting a growing need – Housing 21, End of Life Care Learning Resource Pack
  • Peer support provides solutions – Sutton Mental Health Foundation
  • Personalisation through play – Whose Shoes? Nutshell Communications
  • Rolling out modernisation – County Durham Care and Support Learning Disability Day Services
  • Service users can also be service providers – Gateshead and South Tyneside Sight Service
  • Using assistive technology to improve lives – Norfolk County Council

Projects that supported better use of resources

  • A lifeline for people with low vision – Gateshead and South Tyneside Sight Service
  • Adapting materials on end of life care – Gateshead and South Tyneside Sight Service
  • Assistant practitioners get the job done – North of England Cancer Network
  • Comprehensive end of life care training – Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Counselling skills make the difference – Service to Children Requiring Intensive Psychological Therapies
  • Culture change – Jewish Care, Dementia Care Development Project
  • Embracing change for early intervention – Hampshire County Council Sensory and Deaf Services
  • Holistic mental health care – Mind in Taunton and West Somerset
  • ‘Home first’ policy saves money – Community Dementia Support Team, Bracknell Forest Borough Council
  • Integrating health and social care – Nottingham City Council, JackDawe Service
  • It’s a WRAP! – Hampshire County Council and Southern Healthcare Trust
  • Meeting a growing need – Housing 21, End of Life Care Learning Resource Pack
  • New job role delivers seamless service – St Monica Trust
  • Peer support provides solutions – Sutton Mental Health Foundation
  • Reablement for independent living – Leeds Adult Services
  • Right place, right time, right team – Thurrock Rapid Response – Eastern region
  • Rolling out modernisation – County Durham Care and Support Learning Disability Day Services
  • Service users can also be service providers – Gateshead and South Tyneside Sight Service
  • Using assistive technology to improve lives – Norfolk County Council
  • Case management makes savings – Bennett House
  • Delivering Outstanding End of Life Care by driving up skills and knowledge – Community Care Western Cheshire
  • Redesign of paediatric integrated therapy service brings dramatic improvements – Somerset Community Health

While the case studies bring us up to date with the projects’ achievements, many of them also produced materials, including: videos and resources, such as action plans, joint protocols and job descriptions. Web links to this material are in the case studies and you can find other relevant projects on our website or by visiting skillsforcare.org.uk. For further information please get in touch today.

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