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Different models of health and social care in Devon – observations and implications for commissioners and providers

Different models of health and social care in Devon – observations and implications for... Purpose – The organisation of health and social care in Devon including Torbay and Plymouth has developed over the last few years into different organisational structures. This paper aims to compare these different models. Design/methodology/approach – Routine information and audit data were analysed to explore what was known about the different organisational models in health and social care in Devon. Findings – There is evidence from these data that more highly integrated models of care have demonstrable benefits for users and for local health and social care economies. Research limitations/implications – The local organisational models are complex and it is not known whether they are transferable to other settings. The data used in the study are routine data, and therefore, may include confounding factors; the local audit data may be subject to observer error. More research is recommended in this area. Practical implications – As health and social care services move towards greater integration and the health care market creates different combinations of provider integration, this paper discusses what routine data can tell us about these models of care and what the implications are for both commissioners and providers of health and social care in the future. Originality/value – Benefits of health and social care integration are often described by case study and this review using quantitative data adds to the evidence base supporting integration as a way forward. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Integrated Care Emerald Publishing

Different models of health and social care in Devon – observations and implications for commissioners and providers

Journal of Integrated Care , Volume 19 (4): 5 – Aug 15, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1476-9018
DOI
10.1108/14769011111164269
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Abstract

Purpose – The organisation of health and social care in Devon including Torbay and Plymouth has developed over the last few years into different organisational structures. This paper aims to compare these different models. Design/methodology/approach – Routine information and audit data were analysed to explore what was known about the different organisational models in health and social care in Devon. Findings – There is evidence from these data that more highly integrated models of care have demonstrable benefits for users and for local health and social care economies. Research limitations/implications – The local organisational models are complex and it is not known whether they are transferable to other settings. The data used in the study are routine data, and therefore, may include confounding factors; the local audit data may be subject to observer error. More research is recommended in this area. Practical implications – As health and social care services move towards greater integration and the health care market creates different combinations of provider integration, this paper discusses what routine data can tell us about these models of care and what the implications are for both commissioners and providers of health and social care in the future. Originality/value – Benefits of health and social care integration are often described by case study and this review using quantitative data adds to the evidence base supporting integration as a way forward.

Journal

Journal of Integrated CareEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 15, 2011

Keywords: Health care; Social care; Commissioning; Integrated service delivery; Devon; Organisational forms

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