England: white paper sets out plans to join up care for people of all ages

18 March 2022

The UK Government published a white paper setting out its vision for an integrated NHS and adult social care sector.

The paper aims to ‘bring the NHS and local government closer together to improve care for all’.

The paper stated patients often had to ‘navigate complex and disjointed systems’.

It wants health and care systems to ‘better meet the needs of communities, reduce waiting lists and help level up healthcare across the country’.

President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Dr Camilla Kingdon said: ‘Substantively joined-up, cross-sector care can help drive improvements in child health outcomes and ensure children and young people can access the care they need, when they need it, and from the most appropriate person and team.’