It is clear that there is a strong commitment by all governments in the UK to promoting the integration of health and social care, accepting the rationale for this policy, anticipating the benefits of integration, and supporting implementation of integrated practice. This policy has been endorsed at all levels of government including local government and non-departmental public bodies and is also strongly supported by advice, guidance, reports and analysis presented by representative and professional bodies. Closely associated with the adoption of a policy of integration has been the acceptance of another policy change, a shift in resources from acute care to community based care. Also implied is a change in the scale and functions of acute health care, the development of aspects of the provision of adult social care bringing closer together health and social institutions and also adopting change in commissioning structures and procedures, management and workforce development.
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