Achieving integrated care is a slow and difficult process

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 10 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7276
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government’s aim to encourage more integrated care services across the whole NHS is a slow process full of “hurdles” but an achievable one, concludes a leading health policy think tank.

The study by the Nuffield Trust found that achieving more integration by redesigning healthcare services is not a simple matter and that it can take three years before improvements and financial benefits are visible.

Towards Integrated Care in Trafford, published on 10 November, looks at the work carried out by clinicians and managers in Trafford, Greater Manchester, since 2008 to develop an integrated care system as an example of how the rest of England could change.

The Nuffield Trust and the fellow think tank …

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