THE EFFECT OF NEW JOB TITLES ON HEALTH AND CARE INTEGRATION

  • Analysis by the King's Fund think-tank finds that the aim of health and care integration should make the existing workforce more flexible and not distract by creating new jobs to oversee joint working.

    The supporting integration through new roles and working across boundaries review found the following:

    • Projects to integrate health and social care provision should not get "distracted" by creating new jobs to oversee joint working
    • There was limited evidence to support the creation of new jobs such as navigators for health and social integration projects
    • Although many of the skills required to deliver integrated care exist within the workforce, there should be engagement with the workforce from the outset on the aims for integration, as well as wider organisational support
    • The initiatives such as government's flagship Better Care Fund should not be distracted by new job titles

    Helen Gilburt, Lead author and King's Fund fellow said:

    "Our analysis found new roles are not always the most effective way of delivering integrated care- and can, in fact, lead to solutions which are unsustainable.

    "...while the aim of creating a more flexible and multi-skilled workforce to provide more holistic care is paramount, rather than create a new role, it is much more compelling to utilise the existing skills of the workforce more effectively and engage staff in identifying and implementing workforce solutions themselves."

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