Integrated care pioneer scheme

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In November 2013, fourteen localities in the UK were selected by the government as integrated care pioneers. They were tasked with developing innovative ways to coordinate care around people’s needs. The main aim was to see how more support could be delivered at home as well as earlier treatment in the community in order to help people to be healthier for longer. Over all the aim was to see how health and care services could work more closely together.

Southend-on-Sea was one of the 14 areas selected. The Pioneer scheme brought together the collective resources of Southend’s statutory, voluntary and third sector organisations. The aim is to give Southend a truly integrated health and social care system, where information is shared between professionals enabling them to create a single, comprehensive care package encapsulating all of a patient’s needs.

By working in a more joined-up fashion and promoting the prevention agenda, unnecessary hospital admissions can be reduced and patients can remain independent in their own home for longer. There is also a focus on community resilience, helping people take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

Joined-up care: Sam's story from The King's Fund on Vimeo.

Further information

Southend's pioneering health and social care staff praised by minister

Related documents

You can find out more about the first year of the Pioneer scheme through the following documents:

For further information about the Pioneer project in Southend please email