The King’s Fund has published has published Supporting integration through new roles and working across boundaries.
Commissioned by NHS Employers and the Local Government Association, this report looks at the evidence on new roles and ways of spanning organisational workforce boundaries to deliver integrated health and social care. The report includes examples of integrated schemes from across the country.
- Where new roles have emerged, they have mainly done so due to developments in practice or to fill gaps in provision.
- There is a lack of evidence on the cost-effectiveness of new roles and the extent to which they improve patient outcomes.
- There are a number of ways in which integrated care is being delivered without the explicit need for new boundary-spanning roles.
- Engaging staff from the outset and building on the existing skills of the workforce can overcome cultural barriers between professionals and organisations to develop integrated ways of working.
Additional link: Kings Fund press release