NICE guidance – integrated care

NICE has reported that integrated care is “critically important” for older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions

Health and social care services should work more closely together to ensure older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions receive effective care.

The best outcomes for older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions are improved quality of life, and increased independence, choice, dignity and control. These can be achieved through coordinated, person-centred care.

However, recent reports suggest that care is fragmented and hard to access, and that some people are being treated as a collection of conditions or symptoms rather than as a whole person.

 The NICE guideline states that local authorities must offer carers an individual assessment of their needs, in line with the Care Act 2014. This assessment should:

  • recognise the complex nature of multiple long-term conditions and their impact on people’s wellbeing
  • take into account carers’ views about services that could help them maintaintheir caring role and live the life they choose
  • The guidance adds that people should recognise that many older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions are also carers but, may not see themselves as caregivers.

    NICE is currently preparing guidance on service user and carer experience, anticipated publication date January 2018.

    See www.nice.org.uk

     

 

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