Health Regulator praises Southwark’s integrated care as “Outstanding”

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has singled out Southwark’s Integrated Care approach as an example of “Outstanding Practice”, as part of a recent inspection of Guys and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT). This recognition follows support from IPC to design and implement a new initiative called Intermediate Care Southwark.

Intermediate Care Southwark is an integrated urgent response, short term rehabilitation and reablement service, and IPC has been working closely with health and care partners to review, innovate and implement this shared Southwark Council and GSTT service. The service plays a key part in what has been recognised as an contemporary, proactive approach to ensuring patients have access to the “right care at the right time”  within the community, so as to provide better support  for people to remain independent, safe and well at home - preventing the need for hospital or A&E admission and long term care.  

Commented Philip Provenzano, Assistant Director at IPC, “Health and care systems need to embrace innovation in order to work better together and to better meet the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan. IPC is pleased that its expertise in reviewing, redesigning and implementing this integrated system has contributed to this outstanding achievement and delighted that the benefits of Southwark’s Integrated Care Approach have been recognised.”

The CQC Report on Guys and St Thomas Foundation Trust can be found at CQC Inspection Report Guys & St Thomas Foundation Trust, and a briefing paper of IPC’s work in Southwark can be found at  in IPC Publications.

For more details of this work or to discuss how IPC can support you to review, redesign and implement integrated health and social care arrangements, please contact Philip Provenzano.