Collaboration between health agencies and a range of other statutory and non-statutory bodies has always been important, but has gained an even larger focus over the past thirty years.
HSMC’s Health and Social Care Partnerships, Collaboration and Integration Programme works with central government, local health and social care communities and front-line services to investigate issues of collaboration through research, consultancy and the dissemination of good practice. Throughout the Partnerships, Collaboration and Integration Programme, we try to emphasise collaboration as a means to an end, not an end in itself. Recognising the limitations of a number of areas of the present partnership and integration literature we endeavour to inject an amount of theoretical rigour into all of our activities, but also make these as relevant as possible to policy and practice.
A key current issue is individual budgets and personalisation in health and social care.