Unlocking capacity:
smarter together

Helping health and adult social care
work better together

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Make a difference.

Structure services around people and places.

Step outside your own organisation and see the potential that lies outside.

This resource is aimed at system leaders with the power to work differently. It shows how collaborative working between health and adult social care can improve outcomes for people and make better use of limited resources.

Collaborative working isn’t anything new, you'll have taken your own steps along this particular journey locally. We know that people want to access services that feel seamless.

Wherever you are in your journey, this resource aims to inspire you to:

  • make a start
  • move things on a level
  • or, try again.

Your next step needn’t be huge, but it’s vital in terms of improving quality, and ultimately improving the lives of the people you serve.

We're aware that not everyone knows their way around adult social care and so we've produced this short animation to help.

We've also included the following to help your local journey:

  • Highlights from 7 local areas, each showing different aspects of collaboration between health and the adult social care sector .
  • High level steps that support collaborative working on a big or small scale (inspired by our case studies) .
  • Our gift to you – our collective offer of support and access to download elements of this resource for use locally.

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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