Turning Point responds to plans for greater integrated care

News item posted: 17 March 2017

In response to plans for greater integrated care unveiled by Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb today, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point said;

"We have been calling for strategic action to address the gaps in health and social care for a long time and we fully welcome this commitment to greater coordination and integration.

Through working with people who have complex needs we know how easy it is for them to fall through the gaps and get frustrated with the fragmented support currently available. To this end we designed our model of community-led commissioning, Connected Care, which works directly with commissioners and communities to co-design health and social care services that work together around individuals' needs.

We know that integration can result in huge savings. Research based on Turning Point's Complex Needs service in Hertfordshire showed that for every £1 invested, there was a net reduction in demand for public services worth £4.40, £23.10 and £28.50. This clearly shows that an integrated service with a multi-disciplinary team has the ability to reduce the demand an individual has for other services as well as fundamentally improving outcomes in terms of quality of life.

The focus and commitment to this issue is an important step in the right direction however the Ministers' plans need to be accompanied by a commissioning model that starts with an understanding of individual need, supported by a funding system that incentivises and supports integrated working at every level."