What is integrated care?
People benefit from care that is person-centred and co-ordinated within healthcare settings, across mental and physical health and across health and social care.
For care to be integrated, organisations and care professionals need to transform care to bring together all of the different elements of support that a person needs.
A person’s care may be provided by several different health and social care professionals, across different providers. As a result people can experience health and social care services that are fragmented, difficult to access and not based around their (or their carers’) needs.
Delivering integrated care is essential to improving outcomes for people who use health and social care services. Reducing gaps and inefficiencies in care should also be able to offer some opportunities for financial savings.
What are the local integrated care programmes?
Cheshire Care Record
What is the Cheshire Care Record?
The Cheshire Care Record is a collaboration between health and social care services across Cheshire and will give all health and social care professionals access to more detailed shared notes than ever before.
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, GPs, hospitals and social care services will automatically feed the care record with useful information including test results, medications and allergies to enable you to more informed decisions about person-centred care.
What does this mean for me?
- You don't have to keep repeating your health or social care history
- You will receive the right treatment and care
- There will be a reduction in duplicate appointments and tests
Who will be able to see my care record?
Your care record will only be accessed by health and social care professionals. You will be asked to give consent for all relevant professionals to view your record.