Lesley Strong and Hazel Carpenter: Integrating community and social care services in Kent

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Lesley Strong and Hazel Carpenter discuss how Kent County Council, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, Kent Community Health NHS Trust and the clinical commissioning groups have been working together to join up community health and social care services in the county.

Components of integrated care include: a system of risk stratification to determine which high-risk patients the multidisciplinary team are going to work with; co-located, mobile and flexible teams; a single assessment process with assistive technology at the core; and health and social care co-ordinators appointed in some localities.

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