Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Can the voluntary and community sector lead the change we need in health and care?

Can the voluntary and community sector lead the change we need in health and care? In the UK, nearly one in five people today are aged 65 or over. In places like Somerset, this number will be one in four within the next few years. Many older people live with chronic conditions, and, increasingly, with several of them. Our need to get to grips with the reality of our ageing population and understand how our systems best adjust has never been greater.

This is why the Health Foundation and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity have supported the Richmond Group of Charitiesand New Philanthropy Capital to take a deep look into what happened when individuals and organisations came together to improve care for people with long-term conditions in Somerset. Their work focused on moving towards more integrated person-centred models of health and care, this time with the voluntary and community sector (VCS) taking the lead. 

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