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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.
Why we're carrying out this review
The Secretaries of State for Health and for Communities and Local Government have 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.
Where we are now
We are carrying out the first 12 reviews and will complete these by early 2018.
- Bracknell Forest
- East Sussex
We will carry out eight more area reviews from February to April 2018.
What we aim to achieve
Each local area review will highlight:
- what is working well
- where there are opportunities for improving how the system works for people using services.
We will report to the local authority area’s health and wellbeing board and publish our findings.
Once we have completed all the reviews we will publish a national report. We aim to publish this in 2018.
- Last updated:
- 6 December 2017