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Collaborative working between social care and health is about relationships and conversations.

This resource is designed to inspire system leaders to take their next step on the journey of collaborative working.

Q: What would good collaboration in your area look like?

Scroll down for case studies of collaboration between system partners.

Q: What would good collaboration mean to you, your team, your organisation?

Anna Severwright, Co-chair of the Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC) talks about keeping the person at the centre of collaborative working between health and social care.


This animation will help you navigate adult social care and wider public services. It shows how collaboration across health and social care adds value in terms of quality.

Think of one action you can take to improve collaboration:

  • Find 1 person who can help you to do this locally.
  • Have a conversation with them.
  • Agree your next action together.

Scroll down for additional resources, ideas and information.

Share your collaboration stories with us, or get in touch: qualitymatters@nice.org.uk.

Case studies

Highlights from 7 local areas, each showing different aspects of collaboration between health and the adult social care sector.

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Collaboration in practice

High level steps that support collaborative working on a big or small scale.

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Our offer to you

Our collective offer to support collaborative working between health and adult social care.

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