The bringing together of health and social care has been addressed in a new working paper from Skills for Health. It reveals how integration of the fields of health and social care will require organisations to break down traditional barriers in how care is provided.
New paper now available
‘Integration and the Development of the Workforce’, is the third working paper in Skills for Health’s ‘Our Health Heroes in Focus’ series. The paper details how workforce development plays a crucial role in successful integration.
Shaping the ‘Patients’ Needs
Long-term chronic conditions and preventable illnesses such as diabetes are on the rise and can require multiple interventions from a complex range of organisations. These population changes mean that health and social care providers must work together to pool their skills, knowledge and resources to increase efficiency and quality of care, delivering a system of health and social care shaped around the needs of the patient.
Jon Parry, Principal Research Manager at Skills for Health, said, “Integration will represent a fundamental shift in the way health and social care services are managed and delivered. Simply introducing new policies won’t help: it is the individuals working within these sectors every day who will make integration a success.
“Individuals will need to change mindsets, build relationships beyond traditional boundaries and develop their knowledge of other roles and organisations. High-quality, persistent and effective change management is essential to ensure their buy-in and support them to make this change.”
Setting out the Priorities
As different organisations will have their own priorities in working for their community, Sustainable Transformation Programmes are being drawn up in more than 40 areas in England.
Each will offer an overview of the local demand for health and social care and assessing how the areas can work in closer partnership to meet these needs.
Jon continues, “As the Sector Skills Council for health, Skills for Health has the knowledge and expertise to help organisations of all sizes with their individual workforce development needs. We hope this third paper in the series makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussions around integration, and helps organisations make sure their workforce is engaged, prepared and supported for the significant change to come.”
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