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After two years of selected areas leading the way in delivering better joined up care, more and more agencies across the country are following suit with their own unique initiatives.


In November 2013, Norman Lamb, Care and Support Minister at the time for the former coalition government, announced details of fourteen ‘integrated care pioneers’ to bring health and care services closer together. With support from national partners, the aim was to provide better support at home and earlier treatment in the community to prevent people needing emergency care in hospital and care homes. 

The success of these initiatives, which were implemented in areas selected from nearly 100 bidding authorities by an expert panel, led to the announcement of a further wave of eleven integrated care pioneers earlier this year. 

So how are other authorities keeping up? Along with reported challenges and learning from the first year of the programme published to help other areas develop innovative ways of joining services, some agencies have been busy developing their own programmes – without national support.

In the latest edition of Sanctuary Social Work News, we catch up with Kingston Council and Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (KCCG) who have recently launched the Kingston Coordinated Care Programme on this basis.  
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