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Whole Person Care - Sir John Oldham's report

4 March 2014



In April 2013, Labour invited Sir John Oldham to form the Independent Commission on Whole-Person Care to make recommendations about how we can integrate health and care services within existing resources, and without another reorganisation. The final report sets out a blueprint for bringing our health and care services into the 21st Century.

On 4 March Sir John Oldham published his report on whole-person care a little under a year from being commissioned by Ed Milliband. It is effectively a report for a new government in 2015. The three key themes are: giving meaningful power to people using the health and care system; reorienting the whole system around the true needs of the population in the 21st century; and addressing the biases in the established system that prevent necessary change happening. The report advocates an evolutionary approach to changes stating that “relationships and culture trumps structures”. 

Des Kelly OBE said:
The recommendations – that include re-naming, and broadening the remits of NHS England as Care England and Health Education England as Care Education England – and places most emphasis on the individual at the centre of care. Although it inevitably lacks detail there are strong messages about a real commitment to integrating health and social care services.
The National Skills Academy for Social Care, the organisation dedicated to developing leadership and management in social care, today welcomes the focus on leadership in the report of the Independent Commission on Whole Person Care by Sir John Oldham.

Debbie Sorkin, Chief Executive of the Skills Academy, said:
"Leadership is crucial to the reform of health and social care, and we are pleased that it features so strongly in this important report from the Commission on Whole Person Care. 
“What is also important is that leadership takes place at all levels of an organisation – it does not only reside with senior management.  Everyone working within an organisation that provides care and support, from front line to strategic level, has a leadership role to play.
“Our underpinning Leadership Qualities Framework sets out a straightforward way to embed leadership at all levels in the social care system.  The LQF can be used for induction, supervision and appraisal to ensure that all leaders have acquired the right skills and qualities essential to successful performance and ultimately better care for the people that they support.”
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