What the NHS can learn about integration from the voluntary sector

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Earlier this week Norman Lamb announced the government's ambition to make integrated care the norm in the NHS in the next five years.

In his speech, he referred to the example of the 12th-century court jester who famously founded St Bart's hospital after realising he wanted to dedicate his life to caring for the poor. This hospital provided all services, and Lamb held this up as an example of a joined-up care system provided to patients of the hospital. This goes to show that charities have been involved in providing health and wellbeing services since well before the creation of the NHS.

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