Notes to editors
- Shifting the Balance of Care to Local Settings: The SeeSaw report by Sarah Harvey and Laurie McMahon is published on Thursday 19 June.
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- SeeSaw is the name given to a simulation-based project led by The King’s Fund in partnership with Loop2, and commissioned by the Department of Health’s Shifting Care Closer to Home policy team. Its purpose was to better understand how a shift in care from hospital to community settings could be achieved. The title SeeSaw was chosen to reflect the fact that increasing the level of care in community settings will require a reduction in the volume of care undertaken in hospitals.
- The behaviour simulation involved 70 participants – all health care professionals who were asked to take a position in the simulation that mirrored their own so that their behaviour and decisions were accurately informed by their real-life insights and experiences. The exercise included, among others, representatives of SHAs, PCTs, Monitor, the Healthcare Commission, ambulance and paramedic services, practice based commissioners, a patients’ panel and a mental health trust. The simulation explored two time periods – 2008/9 and 2012/13.
- Loop2 is a catalyst consultancy established in 2006 by Laurie McMahon and Sarah Harvey. As well as unrivalled expertise and experience in designing simulations and development games, Loop2’s work focuses on helping organisations, partnerships, teams, groups and individuals understand, shape and respond to the complex worlds in which they operate. Loop2 supports clients in setting challenging goals and in developing sustainable solutions and behaviours to keep them on track. For more information go to: http://www.loop2.co.uk/
- The King’s Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through funding. We are a major resource to people working in health and social care, offering leadership development programmes; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.