The aim is to take the pressure off patients and help staff to better prioritise workload in a bid to improve overall efficiency.
The government has set out to change the care system in England for health and social care sectors through the Build Back Better: Our Plan for Health and Social Care, with measures to develop technology-led projects such as digital care records via the NHS app and NHS.uk.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Better integration is vital to stop people falling into the gaps between health and social care. Ensuring our health and care systems work in unison will mean we can support hardworking staff, provide better care to patients and deliver value for the taxpayer.
By supporting financial incentives and merging budgets, the government will help the NHS long term and make better use of financial plans going forward ensuring funds are given to areas most needed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“The pandemic highlighted what our fantastic NHS and local government can achieve when they work together – from delivering the phenomenal vaccine rollout to supporting those who were shielding.
We now want to build on these successes, joining up health and social care even more to deliver the best possible care – whether you want to see a GP quickly or live independently with dementia.
These plans will ensure no patient falls between the gap, and that everyone receives the right care in the right place at the right time.”
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