The Role of Public Health in Integrated Services is a 48-page discussion paper that provides an overview of the scope of public health practice. It outlines some of the tools and techniques that might be used in designing and evaluating integrated services, and explains how they might be used as a lever for change and service improvement.

It is intended for use by managers and professionals who are either involved in the direct management and delivery of integrated services in England or the commissioning of these services. It provides local case studies to show how public health techniques can be applied.

Integrated services are designed to respond more effectively to the needs of service users and carers than services planned and delivered by individual agencies. Having a good understanding of the needs of clients and the impact that different interventions will have is an important part of planning and delivering integrated services.

Public health as a discipline and public health professionals both.offer a valuable resource for managers and professionals involved in developing and delivering.integrated services.

The paper includes case studies showing how public health techniques can be applied, plus links to further resources and materials for those interested in developing a more detailed understanding of public health.

In the year ahead, the Integrated Care Network will be working closely with regional colleagues and the Care Services Improvement Partnership's commissioning programme to identify what additional action learning support CSIP can provide.

The report is jointly signed by the director general for health improvement Fiona Adshead and director general for social care David Behan, signifying the high priority of this area of work for both health and local government.

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