Integrated care and support: our shared commitment

For health, care and support to be 'integrated', it must be person-centred, coordinated, and tailored to the needs and preferences of the individual, their carer and family.

Where local areas have succeeded in integrating health, care and support services, too often it has been despite of the national system rather than because of it. This is why TLAP joined other major national health and social care agencies (14 in total) to form a national collaboration on integrated health and social care. Their role is to support local organisations work towards providing more person-centred and coordinated care to their communities.

Integrated Care and Support: our shared commitment framework

We have co-produced Integrated Care and Support: our shared commitment - a framework document on integration. The document, signed by all the partners, sets out how local areas can use existing structures such as Health and Wellbeing Boards to bring together local authorities, the NHS, care and support providers, education, housing services, public health and others to make further steps towards integration.

Narrative for Person-Centred Coordinated Care

National Voices, a national coalition of health and care charities, has developed a person-centred 'narrative' on integration. This is an agreed definition of what we mean by 'integrated' care. It provides a guide to the sort of things that integrated care will achieve, such as better planning, more personal involvement of the person using services, and free access to good information. It also provides some clarity over what local areas should be aiming to achieve practically, in their efforts to integrate services.

It is written not just for the experts, but for patients, people, families and carers. It shows them what they have a right to expect, so they can then demand the most helpful care and support. As a national partner we have adopted this definition of what good integrated care and support looks and feels like for people, and we are asking local areas to sign up to using it too.

This aligns with TLAP's Making it Real (opens new window) initiative, which marks progress towards personalised and community-based support.

Pioneers programme

There are many different examples of integrated care models across the country. To encourage and support more localities to develop integrated care, TLAP along with the other members of the collaborative selected 14 pioneer sites.

The role of the pioneers

  • The pioneer sites will act as exemplars in the use of ambitious and innovative approaches to efficiently delivering integrated care
  • They will received tailored support from the collaborative to overcome obstacles they encounter in delivering integrated care
  • Sites will be expected to share and promote what they've learned for wider adoption across the country.

TLAP's support for pioneer sites

We will support sites with:

  • Implementing joint health and social care budget
  • Introduce sites to other people and organisations already working on this programme and that are and willing to share their progress
  • Deliver training across the country
  • Check alignment with Narrative for Integrated Care.

Additional sources of support

Other support packages available for delivering integrated care is the Integrated Care Value Case Toolkit (opens new window).

Access to a private online learning community - the Integrated Care and Support Exchange (ICASE)

The Better Care Fund

The Better Care Fund (formerly the IntegrationTransformation Fund) is intended to finance the integration between health and care services. Pioneer sties will lead by example and support local areas to use the funds to deliver integrated care practices.

Further information on the Better Care Fund. (opens new window)