The purpose of this paper is to describe the recent efforts of a large publicly funded healthcare organisation in Sydney, Australia to implement integrated care (IC) “at scale and pace” in the messy, real-world context of a District Health Service.
The paper outlines the theoretical and practical considerations used to design and develop a localised IC Strategy informed by the “House of Care” model (NHS England, 2016).
The need for cross-agency partnership, a shared narrative, joint leadership and an IC Strategy underpinned by proven theoretical models model is described.
This paper highlights key factors relating to implementation and evaluation of a local IC Strategy in the real world.
Stewart, G., Bradd, P., Bruce, T., Chapman, T., McDougall, B., Shaw, D. and Soars, L. (2017), "Integrated care in practice – the South Eastern Sydney experience", Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 49-60. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICA-07-2016-0025
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