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Evidence and consultations

The King’s Fund submission to the Special Inquiry Committee on the Integration of Primary and Community Care

This evidence submission draws on our experience of working closely with local system leaders, as well as our research on primary care, community health services and integrated care in England and internationally.

It will focus on community health services, such as district nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and falls services, rather than primary care. This is because we believe the area of community health services is particularly poorly understood. We are, of course, also happy to speak separately about primary care.

The submission focuses on the main challenges facing community services in seven key areas:

  • the profile and understanding of the sector

  • funding

  • reorganisation

  • workforce shortages

  • primary care networks and community services

  • learning from the new models of care programme