MORE than 30 national charities have written to Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS in England, asking him to endorse National Voices’ Principles for Integrated Care, which are launched on Tuesday 25 October.
The Health and Social Care Bill 2011 will give duties to secure or promote integrated services to both commissioners and regulators.
The 12 Principles have been developed by patient organisations, all members of National Voices, the health and social care charity coalition. Based on the experiences of service users and on research evidence, they offer a way forward for professionals and government and a means of keeping patients’ interests at heart.
Jeremy Taylor, chief executive of National Voices, says:
“A lack of joined up care is one of the biggest frustrations for patients, service users and carers. Getting it right will make a huge difference to quality, safety and people’s experience of care. The debate on integration is often about structures, organisations and funding mechanisms. Our principles are about bringing it back to the individual.”
“We will be also calling on government ministers, commissioners, regulators and relevant professional organisations to give explicit support to these principles.”