Integrated care in a cold climate

Journal article citation:
International Journal of Integrated Care, 10(1), 2010, Online only
International Foundation for Integrated Care

Following a global recession, public services in many countries including the UK are facing substantial cuts in terms of future public spending. At a time when the population is ageing and demand increasing, services may find themselves having to meet ever greater need with less and less resource. Because of the political necessity to protect the NHS as much as possible, other services—such as adult social care—could be hit to an even greater extent. Local care services may be tempted to respond to the crisis by retreating behind their traditional organisational boundaries.   However, integrated care may be the best approach to maximising the  benefit of scarce public resources, enabling agencies to work together for better patient outcomes and safer, more effective care.

Subject terms:
integrated services, NHS, social care provision, economics, health care, good practice, government policy;
United Kingdom
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