NAT (National AIDS Trust) publish new report entitled HIV and Integrated Care – Can STPs deliver?.
SUSTAINABILITY and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) have been tasked by the NHS with improving the integration of services and care around the individual patient and local populations.
Effective healthcare begins with the needs of individual patient (whole person care) rather than with the convenience of the separate elements of the healthcare system. It has to be integrated and joined up.
In this report, NAT set out to establish whether STPs can in fact deliver improved integrated care for people living with HIV. The report, detail the NAT findings on the opportunities that arise from STPs and how to use them to improve outcomes.
Yusef Azad, Director of Strategy at NAT, said: “We know that currently integration across the entire healthcare system is not where it should be. This lack of integration is especially detrimental to an ageing population of people living with HIV, taking into consideration the higher rates of co-morbidity they will experience. It is vital that the HIV clinic, the GP, other hospital services and social care are all talking to each other and planning together around the needs of the individual living with HIV.
“Our report will support local HIV stakeholders to approach their STPs, to start those vital conversations about integrated care. NAT believes STPs have potential to secure such improvements.”
NAT (National AIDS Trust) is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to transforming society’s response to HIV, providing provide fresh thinking, expertise and practical resources. They champion the rights of people living with HIV and campaign for change.
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