King's Fund urges single framework for health and social care

Posted on 04 April 2011

The King's Fund has called for a single performance framework to improve conditions for patients, which could include older people who are paying for long term care.

According to the think tank, NHS reforms present the opportunity to bring health and social care together, urging the government to align the frameworks with a view to uniting social care, public health and the NHS.

The King's Fund cited the example of Torbay, where NHS and social care worked together in single teams with a pooled budget, saying the region saw lower rates of emergency admissions for older people.

"Getting services to work together is a key challenge in improving outcomes, especially for people with long term conditions and older people with complex needs," said Chris Ham, chief executive of the King's Fund.

Last month, the organisation warned that a £1 billion social care funding gap could have knock-on effects on the NHS.

Posted by Natalie Edwards


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