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Our reviews of local health and social care systems
We are reviewing health and social care systems in 20 local areas to find out how services are working together to care for people aged 65 and older.
Local system reviews, overall reports
'Beyond barriers: how older people move between health and care in England' sets out our key findings after all 20 reviews.
Local system reviews interim report
This report summarises the first six area reviews.
Why we're carrying out this review
The Secretaries of State for Health and for Communities and Local Government asked us to carry out a series of targeted reviews of local health and social care systems. These focus on how services meet people’s needs and how care providers work together. For example:
- Are older people supported to stay well and to continue to live in their home?
- What happens when someone needs more care, for example, they need to go to hospital?
- Are they supported either to return home safely, or to move somewhere new that meets their needs?
What we're doing
Our reviews ask how well people move through the health and social care system, and what improvements could be made. They include services such as:
- NHS hospitals
- NHS community services
- ambulance services
- GP practices
- care homes
- residential care services
To carry out this work, in each area we:
- listen to older people who use services, their families, carers and communities
- listen to people who commission and provide health and social care for older people
- analyse data about the quality of care services and outcomes for people
We developed this methodology in co-production with:
- individuals and groups representing people who use services
- representatives of care providers and commissioners
- partners, including NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Local Government Association.
What we aim to achieve
Each local area review highlights:
- what is working well
- where there are opportunities for improving how the system works for people using services.
We report to the local authority area’s health and wellbeing board and publish our findings.
- Last updated:
- 2 July 2018