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NHS and social services organisations begin to work together

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NHS and social services organisations in 16 pilot sites across England are set to work together in a government backed scheme which will ‘explore’ how services for patients and service users can be improved by integration.

The £4m scheme will assess the benefits of different models of care and identify where best practice could be rolled out.  Many of the schemes are either nurse led or rely on the involvement of community nurses who have help set up and run them.

Each of the selected sites has already developed new methods to help respond to particular local health needs including dementia, care for the elderly, substance misuse and end of life care.

Health minister Ben Bradshaw said: ‘We know that patients with conditions like cardiovascular disease frequently have social care needs as well as health ones.  This programme provides an opportunity for clinicians-working closely with the community more widely-to use their ‘on the ground’ knowledge to design services that are flexible, personalised and seamless.’

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