Planning and delivering integrated health and social care: guidance

Guidance on the planning and delivery principles which describe how integrated care should be planned and delivered and how the principles will work in tandem with the National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes.

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Integration planning and delivery principles

The integration planning and delivery principles are—

(a) that the main purpose of services which are provided in pursuance of integration functions is to improve the wellbeing of service-users,

(b) that, in so far as consistent with the main purpose, those services should be provided in a way which, so far as possible—

(i) is integrated from the point of view of service-users,

(ii) takes account of the particular needs of different service-users,

(iii) takes account of the particular needs of service-users in different parts of the area in which the service is being provided,

(iv) takes account of the particular characteristics and circumstances of different service-users,

(v) respects the rights of service-users,

(vi) takes account of the dignity of service-users,

(vii) takes account of the participation by service-users in the community in which service-users live,

(viii) protects and improves the safety of service-users,

(ix) improves the quality of the service,

(x) is planned and led locally in a way which is engaged with the community (including in particular service-users, those who look after service-users and those who are involved in the provision of health or social care),

(xi) best anticipates needs and prevents them arising, and

(xii) makes the best use of the available facilities, people and other resources.

What do the integration principles mean?

The Act sets out the principles for planning and delivering integrated care in the formal language needed in legislation. This section is intended to bring those statements to life by offering a narrative on what someone accessing integrated care and support can expect each principle to mean for them in their day to day experience of services. The explanations have been developed in partnership with organisations representing people using services and their carers, those delivering services in the public, third and independent sectors and those supporting and scrutinising services.


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