Integration creates efficiencies and savings, with early intervention services potentially saving the NHS £2.65 for every £1 spent, according to a new report.
It is the first time a systematic review has been carried out of evidence from the UK and abroad to evaluate the economic savings available from integrating a broad range of health, housing and social care services.
TheTurning Point report also found positive evidence for case management to reduce admissions and delay residential care placements among older people and people with long-term conditions.
The study Benefits Realisation: Assessing the evidence for the cost benefit and cost effectiveness of integrated health and social care was carried out by UK health and social care provider Turning Point. Richard Kramer, Turning Point's director of connected care, said: ‘This report provides the business case for integrating health and social care, particularly where it is focused on prevention.'