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Publication date: 20 June 2016

Natalie Davies, Wulf Livingston, Emyr Owen and Peter Huxley

The purpose of this paper is to investigate health and social care integration in North Wales in a short window of time between the assent of the Social Services and…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate health and social care integration in North Wales in a short window of time between the assent of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and its implementation in 2016.

Design/methodology/approach

The findings are based on the experiences of health and social care professionals from six Local Authorities and one Regional Health Board working in a management role with strategic responsibility, gathered from an online survey (n=43), semi-structured face-to-face interviews (n=14) and supplemented with reflective interviews with regional coordinators responsible for facilitating cross-organisational working (n=2).

Findings

Senior managers are devoting considerable energy to understanding the implications of the new legislation, ensuring that their organisations will be ready and able to successfully implement it. This work is perceived to be commensurate with wider agendas to transform and integrate working practices and services, influenced by a range of financial, environmental, organisational, social and policy factors.

Originality/value

This research has direct implications for stakeholders in North Wales, having already been used to shape conversations about integration in the region, and furthermore builds upon existing knowledge in the academic and professional field of integration, with additional limited wider implications for policy and research.

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Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 24 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1476-9018

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Publication date: 20 June 2016

Sue White, Robin Miller and Jon Glasby

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Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 24 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1476-9018

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