Jun 30, 2016
Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care (SLIC), our funded programme to join up health and care for local people, has had a positive impact on improving care and has built a strong foundation for further integration – according to a new report on the four-year programme.
‘Integrating Care in Southwark and Lambeth: What we did and how we did it’ outlines the achievements of the award-winning SLIC, highlights successes and challenges, and shares lessons learned.
The report shows that, as a result of the programme, which run from 2012 until March 2016:
Particularly successful interventions include the Falls Prevention project, which won the 2016 HSJ award for Value and Improvement in Community Health Service Redesign. Meanwhile, the Local Care Record, which helps to securely share patient records between primary and secondary health professionals, has been accredited for its high standard of patient information-sharing and shortlisted for national awards including the Patient Safety Award and the EHI Awards.
Set up in 2012, SLIC was a partnership of commissioners and providers, with citizens, working together to improve the value of care in Southwark and Lambeth to help local people live healthier and happier lives. The partnership comprised the local GP Federations, the three local NHS Foundation Trusts – Guy’s and St Thomas’, South London and Maudsley and King’s College Hospital – along with Southwark and Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Groups, the two local authorities, and local people. The programme came in advance of NHS England's Better Care Fund which is also working to improve integration for the benefit of the most vulnerable in our society.
The £39.7m programme was funded by the partners, including a £10.6m grant from us.
“Joining up health and care is difficult. SLIC shows that it’s worth persevering – for example, stabilising emergency bed days when other Clinical Commissioning Groups saw an 18% increase. But perhaps the most important legacy of SLIC is the relationships it has built among local health and care professionals; relationships which can make Lambeth and Southwark a centre for innovation in health” said our Chief Executive, Kieron Boyle.
The report describes SLIC as a “story of learning”, and makes clear that integrating care was not without its challenges and that the partnership learned many lessons along the way.
The report includes the SLIC Framework for Success, which condenses SLIC’s learning and sets out the 12 elements that need to be addressed in taking forward any programme of integrating care. These include the importance of agreeing the balance between cost saving and improving outcomes and patient experience; the necessity of robust measurement and evaluation; the need to co-create and clearly communication a vision; and the role of effective governance.
SLIC ended on 31 March 2016 to make way for its next incarnation – the Southwark and Lambeth Strategic Partnership. The Strategic Partnership is using the lessons learned in SLIC to continue working towards achieving the vision of improving the value of care for local people.
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