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Integrated care for patients and populations: Improving outcomes by working together

A report to the Department of Health and the NHS Forum

This paper has been written as a contribution to the work of the NHS Future Forum and in support of the government’s espoused aim of placing integrated care at the heart of the programme of NHS reform. Integrated care is essential to meet the needs of the ageing population, transform the way that care is provided for people with long-term conditions and enable people with complex needs to live healthy, fulfilling, independent lives. It can be delivered without further legislative change or structural upheaval. The aims of integrated care are widely supported by NHS staff as well as patient groups, and taking forward the proposals set out in this paper would therefore be welcomed by key stakeholders.