Blogging seems to be a part of everyday life. When responsibly written they are a very good source of discovering current opinion, not least about the care sector. So, this month we thought we would reproduce a recent blog, with the authors’ approval, about health and social care integration.

This was originally published by Caring Times on 9 February. Debbie Sorkin writes about the tensions, barriers, cultural difficulties and practicalities in defining and delivering health and social care integration and Roger Wharton from the Registered Care Providers Association in Somerset responds. There is no doubt at all levels in the system that integration needs to happen but the difficulties arise when one side finds that it has to give something up (cash) to invest in the other side in order to serve the central focus – the person being care for. The payback is very clear; fewer admissions to hospital, safe discharges from hospital and a clear, efficient and transparent care pathway for everyone who needs care.

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