Editorials

Independent Commission on Whole Person Care for the UK Labour Party

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2136 (Published 20 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2136
  1. Alf Collins, clinical associate1,
  2. Anya de Iongh, person who lives with long term conditions and patient leader2
  1. 1The Health Foundation, London WC2E 9RA, UK
  2. 2Dorset, UK
  1. alf_collins{at}hotmail.com

Proposals would be good for patients and a big change for doctors

The Independent Commission on Whole Person Care report for the UK Labour Party proposes that health and social care should do more to support people with long term conditions to become engaged in managing their health and healthcare.1 The commission goes further than the NHS Plan and the Wanless Report,2 3 which contained similar proposals. It highlights that health has physical, psychological, and social domains,4 and that an integrated understanding of health should inform how public services work with people with long term conditions and how services are organised and paid for locally and nationally.

The terms of reference for the commission required John Oldham and members from voluntary, NHS, local authority care, and social care to identify how to move from “the current system to one where coordinated, fully integrated care is the norm without major structural change and within existing resources.” The report broadly achieves this aim, and brings all the themes of whole person care into one document, which focuses on the needs of people who …

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