Health and social care should be integral to a new industrial strategy, a major new report has said.
The Final Report of the Industrial Strategy Commission calls for social care, public health, the NHS and pharma/life sciences and medical technologies to be incorporated as one whole system.
The study states: “There should be a rethink of procurement for both health and social care, with the aims of improving purchasing practice in the short term to accelerate the adoption of new technologies and of looking for ways to stimulate innovation.”
Offering more skilled and satisfying jobs in the health and social care sector is also highlighted by the study as a means of achieving higher productivity and better health outcomes.
The report also calls for an urgent focus on redesigning training and education to raise the skills of existing employees and to attract new people to the sector.
Achieving better wellbeing outcomes rather than saving on costs should be the driver between the integration of health and social care services, the report argues.
The study’s authors add that lessons must be learned from those experimenting with health and social care integration in order to build an evidence base for how to achieve better outcomes.