Inquiry to examine integration of primary and community care

Baroness Jill Pitkeathley

A crossbench House of Lords special inquiry has been set up to consider the integration between primary and community care.

Chaired by Baroness Pitkeathley, the integration of primary and community care committee will look at better ways to integrate the delivery services. It will consider the challenges facing the sector and barriers preventing integration.

‘Primary and community care provide essential services to millions of people across England, but like much of the NHS, are now facing significant pressures. People are living longer with multiple and complex conditions, which has led to calls for a more integrated approach in delivering services that meet the needs of a changing population. Community care in particular has been overlooked and undervalued,’ said Baroness Pitkeathley.

‘We would like to hear from a range of individuals and organisations, from patients, carers and families to health professionals and researchers.’

It has published its call for evidence, which has a deadline for written evidence of 23.59 on Monday 17 April. The inquiry will hold its first oral evidence session on Monday (6 March) and expects to publish its report in November.