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Audit finds intermediate care jointly commissioned in 74% of health and social care services

10 December 2013 - 5:02pm

The National Audit of Intermediate Care has found that intermediate care services were jointly commissioned in 74 per cent of health and social care services in England this year, compared to 58 per cent in 2011 to 2012.

Multi-agency boards are in place in 70 per cent of areas of England, compared to 63 per cent in the previous 12 months. Nine participants in 10 (90 per cent) said that strategic planning for intermediate care is undertaken jointly by health services and local government, a four per cent rise from the last survey.

Léonie Dawson, professional adviser at the CSP, said: ‘Intermediate care is a key service that physios should be engaged with and they should align with established community services.’

She added, however, that ‘the CSP has heard of situations where the established community team have had to step in to fill the short-term care team structure to the detriment of their established service and patients with long-term conditions’.

The document also shows a ‘very wide variation’ between the size and performance of services in different areas.

‘As the population of frail and elderly people grows and the pressure on hospitals increases, the challenge of getting commissioning and service provision of intermediate care up to the level of the best performers becomes increasingly urgent,’ the report says.

The 2012 to 2013 audit is based on the voluntary participation of 92 commissioning groups (CCGs) in England, largely GP-led CCGs.

It is published by the NHS benchmarking network in association with organisations including the CSP’s AGILE professional network for physios working with older people. The findings are based on data collected for 2012 to 2013 and, for comparison, 2011 to 2012.

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