People benefit from care that is person-centred and co-ordinated within healthcare settings, across mental and physical health and across health and social care. Initiatives to deliver care in a more integrated way are being taken forward at national and local levels to improve outcomes for patients and service users and make efficiency savings. The Five Year Forward View also highlights the importance of integrated care.
The integrated care licence condition applies to all licensed providers of NHS-funded
services in England (licensees). It requires them to not act or behave in a way that would be reasonably regarded as against the interests of people who use healthcare services by being detrimental to enabling:
- healthcare services being integrated with healthcare services provided by other providers
- healthcare services being integrated with health-related services or social care services provided by other providers
- co-operation with other providers of healthcare services
The integrated care licence condition is just one of the tools to enable better integration of services, in healthcare and between healthcare, health-related services and social care.