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Health: Integrated Care

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 1 April 2009


My honourable friend the Minister of State, Department of Health (Ben Bradshaw) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Sixteen pilot sites that will test how best to bring health and social care services together in new ways to benefit patients are being announced today.

The pilots have been designed to look beyond traditional health and social care boundaries to explore how services for patients and service users can be improved. They will then assess the benefits of different models of care and identify any best practice that could be used more widely. The pilots will be supported by £4 million funding from the Department of Health.

Each site has developed a model of care to help respond to particular local health need in the community. The health issues being tackled in each pilot include dementia, care for older people, substance misuse, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and end of life care. The models of care involved vary widely; they include partnerships, new systems and care pathways that span primary, community, secondary and social care.

The pilot sites are:

Bournemouth and Poole Teaching Primary Care Trust;

Cambridge Assura Limited Liability Partnership;

Church View Medical Practice, Sunderland;

NHS Cumbria;

Durham Dales Integrated Care Organisation;

Nene Commissioning Community Interest Company;

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust;

NHS Norfolk and Norfolk County Council;

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust;

North Cornwall Practice-Based Commissioning Group;

Principia‚ÄĒPartners in Health, Nottinghamshire;

NHS Tameside and Glossop;

Torbay Care Trust;

Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust; and

Wakefield Integrated Substance Misuse Service.

The pilots start today and will run for two years. They will be evaluated over three years against a set of national and local measures, including impact on health outcomes, improved quality of care, service user satisfaction, and effective relationships and systems.