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Improving the NHS’s relationship with the care sector

If there is one truth that all NHS leaders have come to understand during the last few years, it is that the service’s fate is irrevocably linked with that of the care sector.

To help address this, the Health Service Journal (HSJ) teamed up with the National Care Forum (NCF) and asked the NCF to commission a series of articles to explore the current challenges facing health and social care and to suggest ways in which the NHS could become closer allies.

During the week of 12th December 2022 HSJ presented the series of dedicated articles exploring this theme. Here’s a snapshot of the articles:

How to access the articles?

The articles are available for free on the NCF website. See a short summary of each of them below. Please share widely across your networks!

For people, not for profit

Professor Vic Rayner OBE, CEO of the NCF shares her thoughts on why social care should be for people, not for profit.


Social Care Providers are not just for Xmas…

Whilst the annual drive to ensure people leave the hospital before the clock strikes on Christmas Eve is vital, it never seems to achieve the outcome that is on everyone’s Xmas list – that of a reliable discharge process that has people, not systems, at its heart.

Delegated healthcare

Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, Deborah Sturdy, examines delegated health care in a post-pandemic world.

What a life changing event taught me about health and social care

Andrew Johnston shares his lived experience of drawing on health and social care and calls for dynamic leadership to make the changes needed to integrate health and social care.

Ignore social care at your peril

Dr Nic Stefanou, CEO of Healthcare Management Trust (HMT) shares her three main takeaway lessons from her experience of working across both health and social care.

A day in the life of a CEO in adult social care

Dan Hayes, CEO of The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) one of the UK’s leading not-for-profit care providers gives a glimpse into his average day and the challenges facing social care providers.

Whose data is it anyway?

Adam Hunt, Digital Transformation Lead at the National Care Forum shares his thoughts on how access to the right information can transform the health and social care system


A Partnership to make a difference: Integrated Care Systems and Adult Social Care Providers

Sir David Pearson, Former Director of Adult Social Care and Chair of an Integrated Care System explains the benefits of joining up health, care and wider local government led services with local organisations to make a real difference to people’s lives.

Working with care home leaders to support integration at place

Steph Thompson, Deputy Director, My Home Life England reflects on key learnings of how a group of care and health leaders have developed new ways of working together at place.

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