Service user and carers perspectives of joint and integrated working between health and social care

Ailsa Cameron (School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK)
Lisa Bostock (Social Care Research Associates, Brighton, UK)
Rachel Lart (School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK)

Journal of Integrated Care

ISSN: 1476-9018

Publication date: 14 April 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an update to a review of the joint working literature in the field of health and social care for adults, with particular emphasis given to the experiences of users and carers.

Design/methodology/approach

The aims of the literature review remained largely the same as those of the original, they were to identify: models of joint working, evidence of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness and the factors promoting or hindering the models. However, to reflect the growing interest in the experiences of users and carers a fourth aim was added to map these experiences. Given their prominence in terms of policy debates about integration, the review focused on jointly organised services for older people and people with mental health problems in the UK only.

Findings

The review demonstrates tentative signs that some initiatives designed to join-up or integrate services can deliver outcomes desired by government. Importantly some studies that report the experiences of users of services and carers suggest that they perceive benefits from efforts to join-up or integrate services. However it is our contention that the evidence is less than compelling and does not justify the faith invested in the strategy by current or previous governments.

Originality/value

The study updates our knowledge of the impact of joint working in the field of health and social care for adults. Importantly the paper highlights what is known about the experiences of users and carers of joint/integrated services.

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Citation

Cameron, A., Bostock, L. and Lart, R. (2014), "Service user and carers perspectives of joint and integrated working between health and social care", Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 62-70. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICA-10-2013-0042

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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