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Integrated care in England

The move towards integrated care in England will change the way health and social care is delivered. If you work as a member of nursing staff in England, it is important you are aware of how the plans for integrated care are developing in your area.


NHS England’s Five Year Forward View made clear that health and social care must be integrated and devolution, the new models of care and sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are the ways to achieve this. 

Integration of care in this context refers to three areas:

  • Multi-disciplinary – i.e. bringing different healthcare practitioners together to deliver different aspects or types of care to a single individual 
  • Internal integration – i.e. bringing different elements of the healthcare system together to deliver care across a healthcare pathway to a single individual, for example connecting primary care with specialist care
  • External integration – i.e. connecting the healthcare system with other care providers or systems, for example social care, to provide a wrap-around experience for an individual. 

You, as a member of the nursing workforce, will be vital to this integration of care in your local area - find out about all the latest developments taking place in your region: 

South East England
South West England
Eastern England
East Midlands
West Midlands
North West England

Information on developments in other regions of England will be available here soon.

You can find out more below about devolution, the new models of care and the sustainability and transformation plans that make up integrated care.

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Devolution

Devolving power and responsibility about health and social care to local areas.
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New models of care

New ways of delivering health and social care at a local level.
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Sustainability and transformation plans

Plans that deliver the aims of the Five Year Forward View in different localities.