RCGP Integration of Care Consultation

Integration of Care Consultation

At its most basic, integration consists of coordinated care across different services and levels of care. It aims to place patients central to the design and delivery of care and meet their needs through apparently seamless, high quality and effective services. Coordinated and shared care models have been in existence in England and the UK for several years. For example, the Care Programme Approach (CPA) for people with mental health problems was introduced in 1991, and there have been many successful local initiatives of coordinated care pathways for chronic diseases such as diabetes, COPD etc.

The College is consulting on what integration means for general practice and general practitioners (GPs) in order to develop a policy that can guide decision making and service design.

We have produced a consultation document which discusses the issues for general practice and is available at.

We would welcome your views on this matter. If you have experience of being part of integrated care services and models we would be especially keen to hear from you.

If you do not have the time to respond to all of the questions, we would be grateful if you would answer the four questions in the survey that are highlighted with a *.

Page numbers against questions relate to the sections in the consultation document where you can find a discussion about the issues involved.

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* 1. * What in your view are the three main benefits of integrated care? (p3)

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* 2. * What are the risks of integrated care? (p3)

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* 3. What definition of integrated care do you believe should be used to inform policy decisions? (p1)