Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC) welcomes new NICE guidance supporting person-centred integration for older people with long term health conditions.
This month C4CC partner NICE has produced guidelines relating to the social care of older people with multiple long term health conditions which should provide an important steer for both commissioners and providers.
The guidance makes recommendations on:
- Identifying and assessing social care needs
- Care planning
- Supporting carers
- Integrating health and social care planning
- Delivering care
- Preventing social isolation
- Training health and social care practitioners
C4CC strongly welcomes the guidance and especially its focus on person-centred integration and engagement with community assets and supports. The guidance reflects an increasing understanding of the importance of good care and support planning that enables real partnership between people and professionals and helps see the whole person.
It says “Despite recent policy focusing on integrated health and social care services, some people are still being treated as a collection of conditions or symptoms, rather than as a whole person” and that “People with multiple long-term conditions want joined-up, coordinated services but often find they are hard to access and fragmented”.
We welcome also the heavy emphasis on supporting self-care and on looking beyond traditional ideas of need and solutions – including tackling social isolation via helping people connect to community based groups and support.
The guidance is helpfully short and focused, offering outline advice on implementation while linking to supportive resources and materials. Readers looking to use the guidance in their practice and systems may also be interested in work being undertaken by C4CC partners such as the integrated care and support planning and Building Community Capacity materials produced by Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) and the materials on People Powered Health from Nesta .