A Problem Shared? Essays on the integration of health and social care

All political parties now acknowledge the importance of more integrated - or person-centred - care.

This essay collection discusses how we can develop a system that responds to the needs of a patient in the round – whether in hospital or at home. With contributions from leading politicians, experts and those on the front line, the collection sets out views on the future role of commissioners, providers, patients and family carers, and sets out alternative perspectives on future funding for the NHS and social care.


Caroline Abrahams (Charity Director, Age UK)
Caring for an ageing population

Richard Bowden (Managing Director, Bupa UK)
Joining up health and care – a provider’s perspective on being patient-centred

Rt Hon Paul Burstow MP (Liberal Democrat MP for Sutton and Cheam, former Health Minister 2010-2012)
Making integrated care the default setting

Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP (Conservative MP for Charnwood, former Health Secretary 1995-1997)
Integrated care: opportunity or threat?

Helena Herklots (Chief Executive, Carers UK)
Carers and integration

Jeremy Hughes (Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s UK)
Apart at the seams: The challenge of integrating dementia care

Richard Humphries (Assistant Director, King’s Fund)
Funding a future health and social care service

Tim Kelsey (National Director for Patients & Information, NHS England)
Unleashing the power of people: why transparency and participation can transform health and care services

Nigel Keohane (Editor and Research Director, Social Market Foundation)
Introduction and summary

Sir John Oldham (Chair of the Independent Commission for Whole Person Care)
Collective Commissioning

David Pearson (President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services)
Integrating locally

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