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Health and Social Care Integration workshop outcomes

Health and Social Care Integration workshop 

Local government members and officers and NHS representatives attended this health & care integration event chaired by Cllr Roy Perry, SEEC Deputy Chairman and Leader of Hampshire CC.

Speakers included Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board and Leader of Warwickshire CC, who gave an overview of local authorities’ role in achieving integration. She emphasised the conditions for successful partnership working including clear governance, good delivery models and effective collaborative working to identify outcomes and challenges. She also highlighted the role of councils in place making, for example helping deliver care at home is important as services are not just delivered in hospitals. An integration toolkit developed by the LGA and NHS will be launched in July.

Rich Hornby, LGC Columnist and Chief Finance Officer Coastal West Sussex CCG, highlighted the financial challenges of integration. These included a lack of understanding of local government by the NHS – for example why Council Tax couldn’t simply be raised to increase funding and confusion about two tier structures. Integration of health and social care was a lower priority for the NHS than internal integration needs.

Members also heard that devolution was not necessary to make progress on integration. Matthew Macnair- Smith, Policy and Research Manager, NHS Confederation emphasised that the process of devolution for health services is not straightforward and despite the benefits of pooling budgets and functions, devolution will not necessarily solve the significant financial challenges of health and social care, unless the allocation of funding is addressed.

Future forum interactive debate
An interactive session saw lively debate, identifying key themes to help shape future SEEC and SESL input into the national debate. Delegates were invited to contribute their views, priorities and visions on the following key topics:

Eight emerging issues to help improve integration

Successful outcomes
Who owns and who benefits?
Practice or structure?
Working together