Mental health and community providers: lessons for integrated care

SCIE Social Care Online
NHS Confederation
Publication date:
01 January 2017


This briefing explores how mental health and community provider organisations are approaching the challenge of delivering integrated mental and physical healthcare and distils the key points and lessons learned from the wide-ranging discussion. The paper sets out the policy context, examining the transformation of community services and the increased focus on the potential for community-based services to reduce pressure on the acute sector. The paper includes case study examples where services are delivering mental and physical health services in a more integrated way and identifies some of the barriers and enablers. These include workforce, culture, stability and ensuring mental health services retain their ‘edge and distinctiveness’ while integrating with other services, and investment and payment mechanisms.