Notes to editors
This report brings together the key findings from a two-year research project funded by Aetna and the Aetna Foundation. The overall aim of the research was to understand the components of effective strategies that have been used in the United Kingdom to deliver co-ordinated care for people with long-term and complex needs.
The research involved in-depth investigation of five UK-based programmes of care co-ordination for people with complex needs, which were selected on the basis that they had been successful in moving towards meeting the ‘triple aim’ challenge of: improved care experiences; better care outcomes; and more cost-effective service delivery. This report provides a synthesis of our findings.
Separate reports on the experiences and impact of each of the five case study programmes have been published by The King’s Fund (Sonola et al 2013a, 2013b; Thiel et al 2013a, 2013b, 2013c). The five case studies are: Midhurst Macmillan Community Specialist Palliative Care Service; Oxleas Advanced Dementia Service; The Sandwell Esteem Team (mental health); Community virtual wards in South Devon and Torbay; Community resource teams in Pembrokeshire.
The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible care is available to all.
The Aetna Foundation is a national foundation based in Hartford, Connecticut, US, that supports projects to promote wellness, health and access to high-quality health care for everyone. Aetna Inc is one of the leading providers of health care, dental, pharmacy, group life, disability insurance, and employee benefits in the United States.