Can adult social care and NHS services within the Integrated Care Systems be merged immediately? Can this be done as a ‘merger of equals’ rather than as a perceived takeover of one institutional structure by another? Is there a sustainable solution to the long-term funding of the integrated system?
In this session we will be exploring the challenges and opportunities to create a more seamless patient experience across the NHS and social care. What it might mean for both the NHS and local authorities, how the system can be sustainably funded and what would increase the likelihood that any operational changes actually result in improved patient experiences and patient outcomes.
This session will focus on some of the issues addressed in detail in the second of our series of books on health.