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Hertfordshire County Council

Integrated care – working together with health partners to join up the care you need

Benefits of Integrated Care

We're working with health and social care partners in Hertfordshire to give you better care aimed at your specific needs.


Integrated care means we work with health and social care organisations, including the NHS, to give you greater person-centred, co-ordinated care that is essential to improving outcomes for people who use health and social care services and providing better value for money. 

We aim to support more people to live independently in their homes and communities and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.

Care home

Between 2011 and 2021, Hertfordshire's population will increase by 11% and the number of people aged over 85 will increase by 44%.

By working together we aim to meet the health and social care demands from our aging population within the resources we have. It also means we can meet your needs better because integrated care aims to minimise disruption and confusion by co-ordinating care between different health and social care organisations, including mental and physical health, meaning you shouldn’t have to tell your story more than once. 



Hertfordshire’s Better Care Fund

The Better Care Fund is a national initiative to pool existing NHS and social care money in local areas into a single shared fund. Working closely with the NHS, we decide how to spend the budget and develop projects that give people better care services and support. Hertfordshire to date has had one of the largest pooled Better Care funds in the country and will pool £280m in 2017/18 and 2018/19.

The Better Care Fund Plan Summary (PDF 522kb) Opening a new window provides an overview of what we've done so far and what we will be doing in 2017-19 to provide joined-up care.

You can also read the full Better Care Fund Plan for 2017 – 19 (PDF 1.8mb) Opening a new window if you'd like to find out more about what we're doing.

NHS organisations and local authorities across England have come together to develop five-year plans – known as Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) – covering all aspects of NHS spending in their local area. We're working with our health partners to develop this ‘place-based’ plan for the future of health and care services in our area.

Visit the STP website for more information.