The Coalition for Collaborative Care is an important step towards a health and care system fit for the twenty-first century. The coalition brings together a diverse set of people and organisations united by our commitment to make significant changes to the way people interact with health and care services. We want people with long-term conditions to be in control, working with health and care professionals to improve how they live with their long-term condition. At the same time, we recognise they have knowledge and should be actively supported to manage their conditions. This includes help to take the often challenging steps towards long-term behaviour change in areas like diet, smoking and exercise and connected to one another to create powerful networks that support better health.
The coalition is important because this is the first time a group of people and organisations, who can influence and implement large-scale system change, have come together to do just that. We will campaign and influence, but also take on the hard work needed to transform the wiring of the system as well as support tangible change on the ground. This dual focus – on the system and local adoption – makes us as ambitious as we are determined. Our firm commitment is to improving a whole range of influencing factors from financial incentives for clinicians to the evidence base underpinning the approach; from training for healthcare professionals to developing networks of patient leaders. The focus is on action and on large-scale change – moving collaborative care from the early adopters to the mainstream.
Nesta’s own work in this area is People Powered Health . This recognised that the necessary changes to the health and care system are beyond the remit of any single organisation: it is a systems challenge. This is why we’re particularly pleased to be part of the coalition, working alongside others to take deliberate and intentional steps towards a health and care system that is entrusting, enabling and empowering.
If you share our vision for the future of the health and care system then come and join us, there’s plenty of work to be done.
Halima Khan, Director – Innovation Lab, Nesta