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Transforming the delivery of health and social care: The case for fundamental change

dianagosalvez Diana Gosálvez Prados last modified 29/01/2013 17:44

Fundamental change to the delivery system is needed, with greater emphasis on: - preventing illness and tackling risk factors, such as obesity, to help people remain in good health - supporting people to live in their own homes and offering a wider range of housing options in the community - providing high standards of primary care in all practices to enable more services to be delivered in primary care, where appropriate - making more effective use of community health services and related social care, and ensuring these services are available 24/7 when needed - using acute hospitals and care homes only for those people who cannot be treated or cared for more appropriately in other settings - integrating care around the needs of people and populations….”

Ham C, Dixon A, Brooke B. Transforming the delivery of health and social care. London: The King’s Fund; 2012. Available at: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/transforming-delivery-health-and-social-care



“……In their view, the future health and social care delivery system needs to:

- see patients and service users as part of the care team
- focus on the development of effective health and social care teams in which staff work flexibly and full use is made of the range of skills available
- provide care in the right place at the right time by reducing overreliance on hospitals and care homes
- use information and communication technologies to revolutionise patients’ and users’ experiences
- harness the potential of new medical technologies more effectively
- make intelligent use of data and information to empower patients and support professionals to deliver high-quality care….”

Ham C, Dixon A, Brooke B