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Int J Integr Care. 2011 Jan;11 Spec Ed:e002. Epub 2011 Mar 7.

Partnership working in England-where we are now and where we've come from.

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  • 1Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, Park House, 40 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2RT, UK.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Joint working between health and social care has long been a policy priority in England, with growing interest by the previous New Labour government in achieving 'joined-up solutions to joined-up problems'.

POLICY/PRACTICE:

Against this background, this paper reviews lessons from current and previous partnership initiatives, summarising some of the key approaches adopted and exploring key underlying concepts and frameworks.

CONCLUSION:

Despite a tendency to focus on structural 'solutions', evidence and experience suggests a series of more important processes, approaches and concepts that might help to promote more effective inter-agency working-including a focus on outcomes, consideration of the depth and breadth of relationship required and the need to work together on different levels.

KEYWORDS:

health and social care; partnership working

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PMC3111890
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