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Lords Committee launches new inquiry examining the Integration of Primary and Community care

Thursday 2 March 2023

The crossbench House of Lords special inquiry Integration of Primary and Community Care Committee has today published its call for evidence as it launches a new inquiry to consider the integration between primary and community care within the wider health and care system.

The Committee, chaired by Baroness Pitkeathley, will explore better ways to integrate the delivery of effective primary and community care services. The inquiry will consider the challenges facing the sector and any barriers preventing further integration. The success of existing models of integration will be examined, including the role of Primary Care Networks and Integrated Care Systems. Access to primary and community care services will be considered, as well as accountability and decision-making. The Committee expects to publish its report in November 2023.

Baroness Pitkeathley, Committee Chair said:

“Primary and community care provide essential services to millions of people across England, but like much of the NHS, are now facing significant pressures. People are living longer with multiple and complex conditions, which has led to calls for a more integrated approach in delivering services that meet the needs of a changing population. Community care in particular has been overlooked and undervalued. 

“Our inquiry will consider how to integrate further the delivery of primary and community care provision to improve outcomes for patients. The Committee aims to conclude with practical and deliverable recommendations. We would like to hear from a range of individuals and organisations, from patients, carers and families to health professionals and researchers.”

Read the full call for evidence and find out how to make a submission. The deadline for submission of written evidence is 23.59 on Monday 17 April 2023.

The inquiry will hold its first oral evidence session on Monday 6 March at 3.05pm where it will hear from two panels of academic experts in primary and community care.

The session will be available to watch live or on demand at Parliament TV or attend in person in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster.

The following witnesses will be giving evidence:

3.05pm

  • Professor John Campbell, Professor of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Exeter;
  • Professor Kate Walters, Clinical Professor of Primary Care and Epidemiology, University College London; and
  • Professor Hazel Everitt, Professor of Primary Care Research, University of Southampton.

3.55pm

  • Professor Sally Kendall, Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health, University of Kent;
  • Professor Claire Goodman, Professor of Health Care Research, University of Hertfordshire; and
  • Professor Sue Yeandle, Professor of Sociology and Director of Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE), University of Sheffield.

Topics to be considered at this session and throughout the inquiry include:

  • The main challenges facing primary and community health services as well as possible solutions within the current framework
  • The main barriers preventing improved integration and how they could be overcome
  • Examples of successful or innovative models of integrated care, either in the UK or internationally
  • Possible impacts of the Government’s long-term workforce plan for the NHS on primary and community care staffing
  • The impact of recent structural changes to the NHS in England (enacted through the Health and Care Act 2022) on integration between primary and community care services
  • The role of primary and community care in addressing health inequalities and prevention
  • The potential benefits of technology and data sharing in improving patient access and experiences

Recommendations for key changes to facilitate effective and efficient integration in the delivery of primary and community care services

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