Since the Centre began, health and social care integration has been a pivotal part of our work. Using the drop down menu below, you can access a range of reports and case studies which cover key areas.
Over the past year, the Centre has been working to support a number of local places moving towards introducing IDCRs and those areas which already have them in place. As well as exploring how other services, such as Fire, Police and Ambulance can benefit from information sharing.
To help areas which are at the beginning of their journey, there are a number of case studies below from areas we have been working with. These show what has been achieved, the challenges, and the solutions for information sharing.
These case studies form the basis for two comparative reports – also found below with a brief overview of each.
This report compares the approach from Leeds, North West London, Southend and Warrington with regards to engaging local people in information sharing to support health and social care integration. It considers how local people become engaged, how were partners and local people involved in the design of communications, how to raise awareness and manage expectations and also conclusions and recommendations for the future.
This report looks at the approaches to IDCRs made from four local places. It considers the challenges and benefits from the various approaches and draws out the common themes from across the localities. Despite the different approaches taken, recommendations have been made by reviewing and comparing the information provided.
The case studies below give a more detailed picture of the reports above.
– Bradford case study
– Bristol case study
– Hillingdon case study
North West London
– North West London case study
Healthier North West London explains why information sharing is an important part of integrated care as it makes it easier for health and social care professionals to work together.
– Southend case study
In April 2016, Engagement Manager at the Centre, Stuart Bolton wrote an overarching IDCR article in the Public Sector Executive publication – which you can read here.
Two of our Engagement Managers delivered interactive sessions to address the two themes of:
- Engaging with leaders, stakeholders and addressing cultural barriers to information sharing.
- Citizen engagement and information sharing to support health and social care integration and direct care.
The approach to the sessions was to provide a starting point for local places to explore the cultural, people and behaviour factors that either enable or limit information sharing. We also sought to enable local places to share examples of good practice around information sharing for direct care within health and social care and network with peers.
Ultimately, this provided participants with an improved awareness and understanding of culture, information sharing and local practice. This in turn will help to support them in the conversations they need to have within their own organisations and with partners in their local places.
Following the workshops and webinars, the BCF have produced a final report distilling all of the issues and themes from the workshops and webinars. This report also includes next step recommendations to support information sharing for health and social care integration. To download the full report, please click here. To view the presentations from the event and supporting material, please visit the NECS website.