Partnership working in England - where we are now and where we came from

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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.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Integrated Care
Volume11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011